It’s football time in Houston…… on wait, crap. I mean its rodeo time in Houston. Yeah football sounds better, and Clay Walker sounds better singing that line then I do. Any Texans fans out there?
Er…Ok, so today will be my first trip to the Houston Rodeo this year. I have been trying to protest the rodeo for several years now, but people keep giving me tickets. I am just too cheap to let a good set of tickets go to waste. And I am too jealous of a person to let someone else have them. But I refuse to buy tickets because the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) has become a big corporate event and quite frankly the venue sucks for an event with live musical entertainment. You see, the prices went up when they moved the rodeo to Reliant stadium, which was somewhat expected – even though Reliant holds more people. When they moved the rodeo to Reliant I did attend the first year in its new home I went to see none other than the King himself – George Strait. As is usually the case with George tickets, we had several of us online at moment the tickets went on sale. That is just how it is when George comes to town, so I am used to it. However, once George tickets were confirmed I attempted to purchase other tickets. Fat chance! It is becoming harder and harder to get tickets to the rodeo, unless you want to hang in the nose bleeds. I get really bad vertigo when I am in Reliant Stadium so I try to stick to the lower levels. I have heard a rumor, from a reliable source, several years ago. She told me that the reason you can only purchase tickets in the nose bleeds is because most of the other tickets are reserved for large companies, fan clubs, volunteers, board members, season ticket holders, and performers. I think that is a big bunch of crap, on Reliant’s part. I do not disagree with reserving tickets for people who fit into that category, except for the large companies. I do have problem with reserving such a large number of tickets. Before I started refusing to purchase tickets to the rodeo I would only find tickets in the 600’s, 500’s and on the floor. This means that all tickets in the 100’s thru 400’s have been reserved. Reliant holds over 70,000 people, not counting those who sit on the floor for performances. Keep in mind those who sit on the floor actually have a seat in the stadium and only go to the floor for the music performance. By my calculation that is roughly 11,600 something seats per section. Some sections have more and some have less. This means that only 22,000 or so tickets are made available to the public for each night of the rodeo. The Houston area has over 2 million people, which means only 10% of the Houston area population can purchase tickets to each show. When you factor in the number of folks who travel to the area just for this event, then even less locals are able to attend. The only upside to this situation is that the rodeo lasts for about two weeks and there is a different performer each night. Thus, if you don’t care who is singing at the rodeo, then you can pick the least popular night to get your rodeo fix.
As for the live musical entertainment compatibility issue, I will refer back to my first trip to Reliant to see George. As soon as I was in my seat I noticed two things; all the seats have a crappy view and the sound is horrible. I immediately wanted the rodeo moved back to the Astrodome. The dome is round, of course, so everyone has basically the same view since the stage rotated and their were four screens in the center of the arena. The sound was simply awesome, well as good as it could be for such a large area. Again, this is because the stadium is round. The stage still rotates at Reliant, but I think we are further from the stage. There are multiple screens in the new stadium, which is nice. However, the seats are stacked almost vertically so you feel as though you are looking down into the depths when trying to focus on the performer. Maybe it is just my vertigo issue, I don’t know.
Anyhoot, even thought I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling when it come to Reliant Stadium I am still excited about tonight. Blake Shelton is performing…. yummmmm. He is my new George Strait. I remember the first time I saw him in concert. It was at Reliant at the George Strait Music Festival, and I instantly fell in love. He was about 150 yards and 20 feet below me, but I know he saw me and felt the same exact way!!!!! I am going with my hubby, his friend, and my bestie. She is ready for tonight too, see….
Get it gurl!
So when I am in Reliant Stadium tonight I will enjoy the show, I promise Blake. However, I will also be thinking about the Houston Texans. I will contemplate how, in just three days, we have lost James Casey, Glover Quinn, Connor Barwin and Kevin Walter. Two of these guys are headed to the same team. Do the Eagles have something we don’t? More than likely it is money. All these guys are worth their weight in gold and I am happy they are getting PAID. But it still hurts to see them leave. I do hope Kevin Walter was released to free up cap money, and that he will be back on the roster soon. Heck, the chick in the boots above just bought her first Texans jersey this year and it was Walter’s. I would like to see her in it again this year because #83 rocks!!! Not as much as #81, Owen Daniels, but still a great player.
It’s almost time to head home to get beautiful for Blake. Y’all have a fantastic Friday!
If anyone can shed some light onto what is going on in the Texans’ camp, please enlighten me.