Houston is a city that has a rich sporting culture and being the fourth largest city in the United States, the city has a fairly large population. The people of Houston are known to support sports with many spectators attending events to support teams in both professional and collegiate sports. Other than the ball games, Houston is also famous for other sports such as fencing.
Houston has 7 professional main league teams; the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets, Houston Dash, Scrap Yard Dawgs and Houston Saber Cats. The city also has strong collegiate sports teams such as the Rice Owls (Rice University) and Houston Cougars (University of Houston).
The Houston sporting fraternity has tasted a good chunk of success with the Astros winning the 2017 World Series, Dynamo winning the MLS title in 2007, the Rockets also triumphed in the famous back to back wins of the NBA Championship in 1994 and 1995. The Scrap Yard Dawgs also won the championship in 2017.
Having gone through the history and rich sporting culture of Houston, we will now look into 5 Professional and Collegiate teams in Houston, Texas.
Playing professional baseball, Houston Astros is an American team that has been a participant in the West partition of the American major league since 2013 having spent the previous 51 seasons in the National League. The Minute Maid Park has been the home stadium for the Astros since 2000.
The Houston Astros entered Junior minor league as a development team in 1962. At that time, the team used the name Houston Colt. 45s later changing it to their current one which reflects the city’s part as the control epicenter of the United States Space Program.
Competing in the National Football League, the Houston Texans are a professional Football team. The club started off in 2002 as a development team and is now the youngest franchise in the National Football League.
The team took over from the previous franchise, Houston Oilers, which relocated to Tennessee going on to lift the South championship trophies in 2012, 2015 and 2016. However, Houston Texans remain the lone team that is yet to play a game in the conference championship. The Houston Texans team plays and is headquartered in the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Based in Houston, Texas, Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer club. The club is an affiliate of the western conference competing in the Major League Soccer. Previously, the team used Robertson Stadium for their home games but they later moved to the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
The Houston Dynamo was started in 2005 having relocated from San Jose, California after the owner failed to secure a soccer-specific stadium for the team. The club joined the league and began to play in 2006.
The Club’s success was seen in 2006 and 2007 when they won the MLS Cup back to back. The team also made history by being the first American football club to secure a point while away in Mexico during the CONCACAF Champions League in the 2008-2017 era.
Representing the University of Houston, the Cougars are an athletic team that competes in the NCAA'S Division 1. The team is also an affiliate of the American Athletic Conference and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Houston Cougars have shared the conference platform with their bitter rivals, Rice University for more than 33 years.
The team previously used the Robertson Stadium until 2012 when the stadium was demolished for renovations being forced to use two stadiums for their home games; Reliant Stadium and BBVA Compass Stadium. However, in 2014, the team got back to the TDECU Stadium that was put after Robertson Stadium was demolished.
Representing Rice University, Rice Owls are the interscholastic baseball team. The team has appeared in the NCCA tournament since 1995 and at one time in 2003, they won the first-ever national championship in the history of Rice University athletics.
Rice Owls who are currently members of the NCCA Division 1, had previously played in the Southwest and Western Conferences. During the period between 1997 and 2008, the team won 12 season titles with 9 of the championships coming from the Western Conference and 3 from Conference USA. The team went on to win four regular seasons titles (2010- 2013). The Owls play their home games at Reckling Park on the Rice campus, Houston.
To sum it up, the rich sporting culture in Houston, Texas is one that is unmatched. With seven professional sports teams, five major collegiate sports teams, and numerous grand stadiums and arenas, the city offers sports enthusiasts a variety of sports to watch and support.