Houston is home to the best sportsfans in the country, hosting major sporting events to include: Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 2005 World Series, 2005 Big 12 Conference Football Championship, 2006 NBA All-Star Game, 2003 and 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing, USA Gymnastics 2008 Men's Visa Championships, 2008 and 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Regionals, NCAA Division II Spring and Winter Festivals, 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Final Four Championship, 2011 Summer National Senior Games, and the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games, as well as the annual Shell Houston Open, Advocare Texas Bowl, Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, and Chevron Houston Marathon.
Where else can you go for the best in entertainment, sports, cultural arts, shopping, dining and nightlife? Look no further than Houston, Texas. Home to a respected and energetic cultural arts scene, the fourth largest shopping center in the country, the oldest African-American theater in the Southwest and the brains behind United States' space exploration, Houston is as diverse a city as they come. As The New York Times stated in a recent feature, "Maybe that's what makes Houston such an unusual and wonderful place -- there are so many different Houstons to see."
When considering a site for your next sporting event . . . consider Houston.
Downtown Houston has become one of the most vibrant areas in the city. More than 50 restaurants and bars have opened within the past several years, and the 7.5-mile METRORail facilitates travel to and from the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and NRG Park. The Hilton Americas Houston added 1,200 guestrooms to downtown Houston in 2003, in addition to downtown Houston's The Inn at the Ballpark, across from Minute Maid Park.