Fan Primer - Bayou Bucket

Sept. 24, 2012

Fan Info
Date Saturday, Sept. 29
Time 2:30 p.m.
Site Reliant Stadium
TV Fox Sports Net
Gates Open 1:00 p.m.
Lots Open 10:30 a.m.

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Houston is now home to two Tier One universities--UH and Rice! Even though we duke it out against Rice on the football field, every year Rice has significantly out-paced us in alumni participation, a benchmark of a Tier One university. We all know WE ARE Houston's university, and now is the time to show them that we have the most committed alumni! Why the challenge? Our challenge is to continue to raise the bar in UH alumni participation. As you can see on the chart below, we have some work to do. We need to get our game on, to demonstrate our Cougar pride today and show that UH alumni can hold our own when it comes to nationally recognized names like Rice. This is our time to show them what we've got! WE ARE up to the challenge!

What does it mean to participate? It means making a contribution to the program, scholarship or college of your choice. Any gift, in any amount, makes a significant difference when we come together as a Coog nation. For example, if 20 alumni out of 100 make a gift to UH this year, that would equal 20% participation. If each of those 20 alumni gave a $25 gift, that would be $500. Collectively, those gifts could provide a whole section of high density shelving in the library. And having an extensive research collection requires a lot of space!

Why Participate? By giving back to UH, you are making the difference in the lives of Cougars every day. You are investing in Houston, Texas and the global community. Alumni participation directly impacts college rankings in publications like U.S. News & World Report--which helps ensure the competitiveness of your UH degree.

Ready to Take the Challenge?

The Houston Touchdown Club announced it will host the University of Houston-Rice Bayou Bucket Lunch on Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. at the Bayou City Event Center. Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Mack Rhoades, and its head football coach, Tony Levine, are slated to speak at the event as are Rice's Rick Greenspan and David Bailiff.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Touchdown Club, which created the Bayou Bucket Trophy that is awarded to the winner of the annual football game on the field immediately after the contest.

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Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE) is an independent event management company which is closely affiliated with the NFL's Houston Texans. Since being founded in 2003, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. In addition college football's Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the "Battle of the Piney Woods" rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted a pair of major concerts featuring country superstars George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

Fans that do not want to park at the stadium have the option of riding the Metro. Follow the link to plan your trip. You can ride the Metro from campus all the way to Reliant Stadium - Trip Planner

If the temperature is between 50 and 80 degrees, consideration to opening the Reliant Stadium roof will be given. Threat of rain can influence the decision along with other weather factors. For more information, visit: HoustonTexans.com

Accessible Parking
Parking spaces are available for guests with disabilities on the north and south sides of Reliant Stadium and passes for these spaces can be pre-purchased, subject to availability.


In addition to this parking pass from the Texans, fans must have a Texas Disabled Person Parking Placard. The person possessing the Texas Disabled Person Parking Placard must also be in the vehicle to park in a space reserved for guests with disabilities. These items will be monitored and strictly enforced, so please have both placards visibly displayed in your car while on Reliant Park property. Violation of these regulations may result in forfeiture of the parking pass. Please note that specific parking spaces cannot be reserved.

For limited mobility guests, drop off and pick up points have been designated on the southeast (Amegy Bank Gate) and northeast (Coca-Cola Gate) corners of Reliant Stadium. Drivers may access these locations off of Kirby onto Westridge or Reliant Parkway (McNee), respectively, by alerting the parking attendant that they are dropping off or picking up a guest. Once the guest is dropped off, drivers should leave and proceed to the Coors Light Parking Lot for which they have a parking pass.

For limited mobility guests using the light rail system, there is a shuttle that will pick up at the Fannin light rail stop and drop off near the Coca-Cola Gate. The shuttle will also be available at the conclusion of the game for the return trip to the Fannin stop.

Motorcycle Parking
Every motorcycle must have a parking pass and must park in a single parking space. Multiple motorcycles may not be parked in the same space.

Emergency Call Boxes
For the safety and comfort of our fans, there are emergency call boxes in all parking lots. The red boxes marked "Emergency" are located throughout each parking lot (see map on page 24) and ring directly to Stadium security. Please use the emergency call boxes only in the case of a serious emergency.

Parking Code of Conduct
The Coors Light Parking Lots at Reliant Park are there for your convenience and enjoyment. We not only allow tailgating in the parking lots, we encourage it! Every effort is made to create a fan-friendly environment that is safe for all to enjoy. Our fans play a large role in this. In order to maintain a safe and fun environment, we ask that all fans follow directions given by the Reliant Park staff. They are there to assist you and make parking safe and fun for everyone. Those who do not adhere to the parking guidelines and/or participate in activities that create an unsafe environment will be held responsible.

Taxi and Hotel Shuttle Services
Taxis and hotel shuttles may drop off and pick up in the Green Lot near the south pedestrian bridge over Kirby Drive to the Stadium. Taxis are staged in this location postgame so guests do not need to call ahead for a cab. There are cash lots for the game and folks can pay $15 when they drive up. If they would prefer to purchase ahead of time, they can call our internal ticket office at 832-667-2390.

Cash Parking
Cash parking is available and fans can pay $15 when they drive up or call ahead and purchase passes 832-667-2390.

Gates open four hours before kickoff (10:30 a.m.) for the 2012 Bayou Bucket.

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment strongly encourages fans to take advantage of tailgate opportunities at all of its college football games. We want all fans at Reliant Stadium to have the finest tailgating experience possible, so we have established a few guidelines to make your tailgating party great:

•  Parking is first-come, first-served for the first hour; saving spots will not be allowed. If you would like to tailgate near friends, please arrive together.
•  Tailgating will be limited to one 8'x 16' space for each valid parking hangtag, and must not cross over into the drive lane designated by the blue lines down each aisle.
•  RV's, buses, and oversized vehicles will need to pre-purchase a minimum of two parking spots and need to park in the designated RV areas in each lot.
•  If you plan to extend sides or set chairs outside of your RV or Bus you will need parking hangtags in addition to the ones for the space that will be used by your vehicle.
•  Barbecues in tow will also be required to have an additional pre-purchased hangtag. You will not be allowed to buy one at the gate.
•  No Music system speakers may exceed 18" tall and 12" wide
•  Music speakers may not produce sound greater than 68 decibels in accordance to the City of Houston sound ordinance Sections 30.1-30.9
•  Liquid charcoal starter or other flammable liquids are strictly prohibited. Charcoal may be started with an electrical starter designed for this purpose or quick starting charcoal is recommended. Open flames are allowed but all barbecue pits left unattended must be extinguished.
Budweiser Pregame Area
Located in Blue Lot 18, the Budweiser Pregame Area will be available for fans to partake in a chili cookoff between Houston and Rice. Music and beverages will be on hand as well.

•  Ash containers, trash containers and port-o-lets are located in each lot.
•  Hot ashes, cinders, smothering coal, disposable LP-gas cylinders or other hot materials must be disposed of in the Orange dumpsters only.
•  Trash must be disposed of the in the Green dumpsters only.
•  For safety purposes, all tents, chairs, etc. must be put away before entering Reliant Stadium.
•  In order to ensure the safety of our fans, no golf carts, Segways, motorized coolers, skateboards, bicycles, or large balloons will be allowed for use by fans in the parking lots.
•  Reliant Stadium and LSSE do not grant the right to display advertising, banners or signs, or distribute promotional items on property. Fans may be asked to remove inappropriate banners or signs.
•  All cooking equipment shall be situated away from crowds, buildings, vehicles or combustible materials. A minimum clearance distance of 3 feet is required.
•  A minimum class 2A-10B:C fire extinguisher with a current service tag is required at each cooking area.
•  LP-gas cooking appliances shall be UL listed and approved for use. LP-gas cylinders shall be secured in an upright position to keep from falling and positioned to prevent impact from vehicle traffic. Portable generators are not to be filled while running and fuel must be in a UL listed safety can (2 gal. max). Portable generators and fuel must be stored away from cooking appliances.
•  Guests are welcome to continue tailgating up to one hour after the end of the game. However, in some instances guests may be asked to clear the parking lots before that time.
•  Any violation of the fire safety regulations will be subject to citations being issued by the City of Houston Fire Inspector.
•  For any further information regarding these guidelines or any other questions on the day of the game please call 832-667-1400.

Will call and player guest tickets are located at the South end of Reliant Stadium, outside the Budweiser Plaza near the Amegy Bank Entrance. Will call opens at 12:30 p.m. and player guest dispersal begins at 1 p.m.


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