In 2002, the Houston Texans joined the National Football League as an expansion team. They were only the second team in the league to win their first game, shocking and amazing fans when they beat the Dallas Cowboys.
The city of Houston was granted an expansion team only a couple of years after their previous team left the state to become the Tennessee Titans, although the new team did not begin play until 2002 as a stadium had to be built, legal matters taken care of, and a team put together. Originally, the league was looking toward Los Angeles to host the 32nd team in the NFL, but slow progress and a standoff between several groups for ownership of the team left the league disenchanted enough to turn to Houston, which had a higher offer placed.
The home of the Houston Texans is the state of the art Reliant Stadium, which also serves as the team’s headquarters. The venue cost a total of 352 million dollars to build and is owned by Harris County. With seating for 71,500 fans, it was the first stadium in the league to feature a retractable roof. In September of 2008, the stadium was damaged in Hurricane Ike, causing the team to be unable to play games there until it was reopened in October.
Cheering on the newest team in the league are the Houston Texans Cheerleaders. This team has fast risen to become a favorite among football fans, performing at home games, occasionally on the road, and throughout the community. They can also be found performing before games, in order to ramp up the crowd and get them excited to root on their favorite team.
Off the field, the Texans are active in helping those less fortunate. They promote active lifestyles for children through the Play 60 program promoted by the NFL, which encourages children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. They have also formed a partnership with the local YMCA, to facilitate the opening of a new YMCA facility. Aside from their work with children and their families, the Houston Texans are also very concerned about the environment, hosting and promoting green initiatives and education.
Few teams with such a short history can boast of the success that the Houston Texans have. Area residents are grateful to have a team again, supporting and encouraging the team that was so hard to win. The newest team in the NFL is definitely showing promise of great things to come.