HOUSTON - Fans attending the opening of TDECU Stadium at 8 p.m., Friday are encouraged to arrive early for several promotional giveaways and a special on-field ribbon cutting ceremony. The night begins with Cougar Walk at approximately 6 p.m. at Shasta Square on Cullen Boulevard, just east of the stadium. Fans are encouraged to greet the Cougars as they make the walk from their drop off zone to inside the stadium at ICON Gate 2.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Friday for fans to take advantage of the giveaways for the first Houston Football game in the new home of the Cougars.
Houston Athletics is encouraging all fans to wear RED as the official theme is “Welcome Home - Red Out”.
The first 5,000 University of Houston students who enter the gates will walk away with t-shirts commemorating the inaugural game, presented by both Coca Cola and Wells Fargo.
Fans of all ages can take advantage of arriving early to cheer on the Cougars by receiving jersey rally towels, presented by AT&T to the first 1,000 through the gates, and Cougar Paw fans, presented by TDECU, for the first 40,000. The first 2,500 fans will receive UH cell phone pockets presented by Memorial Hermann, and 20,000 commemorative game tickets will be handed out by Houston Athletics.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony of TDECU Stadium will take place on John O’Quinn Field beginning at 7:37 p.m., Friday with dignitaries and supporters of the University in Houston in attendance to officially open the new facility.
If they aren’t already, fans will want to be in their seats at 7:42 p.m, as an ultra-high resolution 360-degree fan photo will be taken. The interactive photo - presented by TDECU and powered by Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas - will allow Houston Cougars fans to find and tag themselves, share with friends, win cool prizes and celebrate the game. The image will be over 26 billion pixels in size, making it the largest photograph ever taken at a Houston Athletics event. The Houston Cougars Gigapixel will be available shortly after the event. Sign up now to be emailed when it's ready to view: http://pano.ly/uhcougars
At 7:45 p.m., the Spirit of Houston will make its first official entrance, a grand entrance at that, into TDECU Stadium for its pregame show including the national anthem and a moment to honor fallen Coogs at 7:52 p.m. Houston fans will not want to miss the singing of the alma mater at 7:55 p.m., and the 2014 Houston Football intro video at 7:56 p.m.
The Houston team will enter John O’Quinn Field at 7:57 p.m. with UTSA taking the field at 7:58 p.m. The first coin flip of TDECU Stadium is scheduled to occur at 7:59 p.m. and the game will officially kickoff to a nationally televised crowd at 8:02 p.m.
Fans are reminded of Houston Athletics' Shasta Square, which provides an exciting pregame destination for fans. The pregame zone is located on the east end of TDECU Stadium with easy access to the Gate 1 and the Icon Gate 2, located on the northeast and southeast corners of the stadium, respectively.
Located on Cullen Blvd., between Holman Street and Cougar Place Drive, Shasta Square features a wide variety of engaging pregame experiences including the official UH Student Tailgate area, IMG sponsor activation zone, local food trucks, a Beer Garden, Memorial Hermann Kids Zone, Little Coogs tailgate, Houston Athletics Letterwinners ("H" Association & UHCAA) tailgate and Shasta Square Group Tailgate package area. The area will open four hours prior to kickoff for each of Houston's seven home games.
Groups looking for the optimal, stress-free tailgating experience should look no further as Houston Athletics and corporate sponsor Aztec Tents and Events, along with campus concessionaire UH Sports & Entertainment, can provide full tailgate rental packages, including tents, tables, chairs, game tickets and catering within Shasta Square. Full information on Shasta Square and tailgate package rentals can be found here.
Fans can also join the UHAA for its Party on the Plaza before each home game in front of the Athletics/Alumni Center. Starting three hours before game time (four hours before on Friday) and ending 45 minutes prior to kickoff, the Party on the Plaza features live music, food and drinks in a festive atmosphere. Full information on the Party on the Plaza can be found here.
Tailgating is encouraged as fans take advantage of several areas of green space and in parking lots while following the same policies set in place at Robertson Stadium. Full policies can be found here while information on parking and directions can be found here.
Coca Cola - Student T-Shirt (5,000)
Houston Athletics - Commemorative Game Ticket (20,000)
Memorial Hermann - Cell Phone Pockets (2,500)
AT&T - Jersey Rally Towels (1,000)
Wells Fargo - Student T-Shirt (5,000)
TDECU - Cougar Paw Fans (40,000)
The Cougars play host to UTSA at 8 p.m. on ESPNU (TV) and KPRC 950 AM (Radio) at John O’Quinn Field inside TDECU Stadium with the game presented by Memorial Hermann.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
2014 FOOTBALL MINI PLANS
For those Houston fans who are unable to make it to TDECU Stadium all season, three-game mini plans are available for purchase for $99.
The three-game mini plans give Houston Football fans two options - the opening game of TDECU Stadium vs. UTSA on Friday, Aug. 29, and any other two games this season, except for the Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, or the aforementioned Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion, and any other two games this season with exception of the TDECU Stadium opener on Aug. 29. The remaining five games for UH fans to pick from consist of 2013 bowl game participants UNLV and Tulane along with Temple, Tulsa and Grambling State. Fans can purchase mini plans here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.
SINGLE GAME TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 5, via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Reserved seats start at $36 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.