Houston to Offer Discounted Tickets to Fans in Costume

Aaron Johnson

Oct. 29, 2013

HOUSTON -The Houston Athletics Department announced Tuesday it will offer discounted tickets to fans who arrive in costume to Thursday night’s game vs. USF at Reliant Stadium, one of several promotions designed to give fans of all ages a safe and dry Halloween night filled with excitement.

Kickoff in the nationally televised ESPN game is set for 6 p.m. and with forecasts calling for 100 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday night, the roof at Reliant Stadium will be closed.

Costumed fans can receive discounted lower level tickets to the game with lower level general admission tickets normally priced at $27 available for $10 and lower level reserved tickets normally priced at $37 available for $20.

Discounted tickets will be available at all ticket sales booths throughout Reliant Stadium. Fans are asked to refrain from using any type of weapon props for their costume and list of prohibited items at Reliant Stadium can be found here.

The costume discount promotion is one of many planned for the game that also include costume contests, trick-or-treating, Halloween inflatables and student contests.

For Houston fans 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. Forty cash prizes ranging from $50-$100 will be distributed to costume contest winners throughout the evening.

Trick-or-treaters will receive a treasure map upon entry to the stadium to show the several locations throughout the stadium they can receive Halloween candy from Houston student-athletes and coaches along with Cougar Dolls and members of the UH Cheer team.

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 $1,100 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 cash challenges for Greek organizations and 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 $1,100 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.



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