HOUSTON -The Houston Football program announced Sunday night that it will wear black uniforms with a new red helmet with a black decal for its Halloween game this Thursday night at 6 p.m. vs. USF in Reliant Stadium. The uniforms will be available for fans to bid on in an auction that begins Oct. 27 and runs through Nov. 10 on UHCougars.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Cougar Pride and the UH Alumni Association.
The uniforms and helmets were revealed to the surprised Houston team Sunday evening in its team meeting inside the Carl Lewis Auditorium.
"This will give us a unique look for a nationally televised Halloween game and it was a great surprise for our players," said Houston head coach Tony Levine. "I want to thank Mack Rhoades, Darren Dunn and the Houston administration, Mike Pede and the UH Alumni Association and Jay Takach, Victor Ignatiev and our entire equipment operations department for making this possible.
"Thursday night will be an exciting night for both our players and our fans and it's an important game for our program. Combined with the excitement on the field and the Halloween activities throughout the stadium, I would encourage our fans to fill the stands for a national TV audience."
The black jerseys feature red numerals with a white outline and a red Houston across the chest. A red camouflage pattern graces the side vent panels on both sides.
"I've always wanted to wear a black jersey as an alternate. When I saw the first uniform that Coach Levine tricked us with, I was trying to hide my disappointment. But when I saw the final product I was ecstatic at the colors, the patterns and just how sharp they looked," said junior defensive tackle Joey Mbu.
The helmets revealed for the game are a red helmet with black face masks and a flat black UH logo.
Game-worn black jerseys will be available with an opening bid at $175 each while two game-worn helmets will be up for bid starting at $250 each. One of the helmets will be autographed by all the Houston offensive players while the second helmet will be autographed by all of the defensive players.
Jerseys and helmets from the auctions will be shipped shortly after the completion of the regular season, on or around Dec. 1.
The alternate uniforms are a part of Houston's Halloween promotions that also include costume contests, trick-or-treating, Halloween inflatables and student contests.
For Houston fans in eighth grade or below, a Halloween Costume Contest will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the UH Athletics KidZone, located behind section 140 in Reliant Stadium, with the top five finalists invited to the field for recognition on the Reliant Stadium video board. Winners of the contest will receive gift cards to Barnes and Noble.
Trick-or-treating for Houston's younger fans will also be available in the KidZone, and an inflatable Halloween maze will be located for Houston fans on the stadium's east side near the Amegy Bank Gate.
University of Houston students, who receive free admission to the game, will have an opportunity to win a number of prizes throughout the game including Beats by Dre headphones, $100 Visa Gift Cards, Apple TVs, iPad minis and $1,000 to their organization.
The first 1,000 students in attendance will receive a free gameday t-shirt while all students in attendance can sign up for a chance to win Beats by Dre headphones (one winner), $100 Visa Gift Card (two winners), Apple TV (three winners) or an iPad mini (one winner). To enter to win, students must sign up inside the student entrance at the BHP Billiton Gate and have a valid UH student ID.
The student section will also feature a $1,000 challenge for Greek organizations and for residence halls. For the Resident Life Challenge, the dorm with the highest attendance percentage, measured by the percent of residents who attend the game and sign in at the student entrance, will be awarded $1,000.
A total of $1,000 will be awarded to the winners of Thursday night's Greek Challenge with $850 going to the winning Greek organization with 25 or more members and $250 awarded to the winning Greek organization with less than 25 members.
Greek challenge winners will be determined by highest attendance percentage and social media impact. The highest attendance percentage will be measured by the percent of an organization's members who attend the game and sign in at the student entrance at the BHP Billiton gate. Students must be signed in by halftime to count towards their organization's total.
Social media impact will be measured by the following:
Twitter: use of @UHCougarSports and #FootballFrightNight.
Facebook: likes and shares of football-related and event-related posts.
Instagram: likes and use of #FootballFrightNight.
Social media engagement from both personal and organization accounts qualify and competitors are asked to include their organization's name or letters if posting from a personal account to receive credit for their organization.
Houston fans can purchase three-game mini-plan packages for just $95. Fans can purchase a mini plan for a ticket to three remaining home games -Oct. 31 vs. USF, Nov. 23 vs. Cincinnati and Nov. 29 vs. SMU.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fans can also purchase season tickets online by clicking here.