HOUSTON — We hope you’re ready for this upcoming season Texans fans because NRG Stadium is ready for you. The Texans debuted several stadium and catering menu upgrades Tuesday afternoon that are sure to blow fans away this fall. The latest luxuries range from a better social media experience, delicious new food options to better field turf.
World-famous brisket, Korean tacos and more
Texans fans were able to sample a variety of game foods such as burgers, hotdogs, nachos and baked potatoes. Killen’s Barbecue will be serving up its renown brisket, burgers and sandwiches with turkey, chicken and beef fresh from the smokers. The Kernel offers three flavors of fresh gourmet popcorn with options like the classic savory butter and cheddar cheese.
We recommend trying Berryhill’s Baja Cantina’s Korean Fired Chicken Taco, which has chicken strips tossed in a smoky, spicy Korean sauce, topped with cilantro, scallions, pickled cucumbers and sesame seeds. It’ll be available in Section 135. You should also try Killen’s Brisket Sandwich. It’s brisket smoked at the stadium, drizzled in barbecue sauce and served on Sheila Parton’s jalapeno bread. You can find it at the Texas Smokehouse and sections 109 and 129.
If you’re looking something sweet, head to the Cookie and Creamy for warm, Nutella-filled cookies and ice-cream.The Loop serves artisan soft pretzels with homemade dipping sauces.
Is game food often over-priced? Yes. But is it absolutely mouth-watering and delicious? Heck, yes!
Enhanced social media experience
The stadium renovations also include improved WiFi connectivity, which makes it easier for fans to share pictures and videos on social media while inside the stadium. It’s an update most Texans would agree is long overdue.
We’re into food porn as much as the next person, but the best stadium upgrade is plastic, inedible and free for everyone on game days. The stadium has installed Go Portable Power stations, which provides visitors with portable phone charges.
Texans officials said the Go Pack works with all iPhone 4 and younger models as well as Android devices. Bonus: the packs are portable and users can charged their devices without cables or outlets from their seats. NRG Stadium features a total 12 Go Pack towers that are located on building levels one, three and five.
The Go Pack rentals are free anytime for Reliant residential and small business customers.
UBU Sports Speed Series S5-M
The Houston Texans have finally jumped on the bandwagon with the Vikings and Saints and have invested in UBU Sports Speed Series S5-M field turf — and it looks amazing! Or at the very least clean, mean and bright green. The synthetic playing surface is believed to be the stuff of dreams and Super Bowls.
According to designers, the 1.5-million blades of turf ensures a firm, safe and durable playing surface. They say it is “scientifically engineered to optimize performance and maximize player safety.” Neato!
UBU officials said the Texans are the third NFL team to install material in both its game and practice facilities.
Houston Texans take on the Chicago Bears in their first regular season match-up Sept. 11 at NRG Stadium.