The Texas Bowl is played every December in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans. The Texas Bowl matches up a team from the Big 12 Conference and changing bid from the Conference-USA and the Big East conference. This bowl game was first played in 2006 and replaced the Houston Bowl, played from 2000 to 2005. The Houston Bowl was played first as the GalleryFurniture.com bowl at the Astrodome, and was then moved to the new Reliant Stadium as the EV1.Net Houston Bowl. When sponsorship fell through in 2005, the game was discontinued. The NFL network took over management and naming rights to the game in 2005, and the Texas Bowl was born.In 2011, Meineke Car Care Centers took over naming rights to the Texas Bowl, renaming the event to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Now that the sponsorship has changed the game has gone back to the Texas Bowl. Check out our Texas Bowl Fan Travel Packages for all inclusive packages to the Texas Bowl. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Texas Bowl tickets.
2013 Texas Bowl Preview
The 2013 Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, December 27th at 5:00 PM CST between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Syracuse Orange. Check back soon for a preview of the 2013 Texas Bowl.
In 2012 the Texas Bowl saw one of the most aggressive bowl games of the season when Minnesota and Texas Tech came to Reliant Stadium. This shootout came down to the final seconds after seeing a total of eight lead changes. The Red Raiders were able to tie the game up at 31-31 with a touchdown late in the fourth and after a crucial interception Texas Tech would kick the go ahead field goal as time expired to beat the Golden Gophers 34-31.
Check out our Texas Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Texas Bowl games.
Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium Address: 2 Reliant Pkwy, Houston, Texas, 77054
Reliant Stadium holds 71,500 spectators and is the home of the national football league’s Houston Texans. Opened in 2002, it is one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country, and the first one in America to have a retractable roof.
Reliant Stadium 100 Level
The most sought after seats will be “Field Level Prime” sections 104-109 behind the home team sideline and sections 124-129 behind the visitor’s sideline. Field level end zone is a great option with a lower cost that gets you close to the action (sections 135-138 and 115-118). The rows work from A through Z and then from AA through JJ.
Reliant Stadium 300 Level
This is still along the sidelines and called the Verizon Wireless Club seating and Mezzanine seating which are really good seats that aren’t as far as they appear on the chart. There is a small layer of suites separating these sections from the field level but you can’t hardly tell. The rows run from A through V with A being the closest to the field.
Reliant Stadium 500 Level
This is the Loge level of seating and consist of sections at midfield. Loge II are further down the sidelines. The Gridiron Loge are sections are along the end zones and are rows A to T.
Reliant Stadium 600 Level
This is upper level seating. This level is divided up into Gridiron Midfield, Gridiron Sideline and Gridiron Endzone sections. Rows here will start with A run through T, with end zone seating starting with A and ending in N.
Reliant Stadium 200 & 400 Level
These are the first and second level of luxury suites
Texas Bowl Event Guide
What are best attractions to see when in Houston for the Texas Bowl?
TEXFEST is a huge pregame party that starts at 2:00pm CST on gameday and is located at the Reliant Stadium in Budweiser Plaza. There is live music, food, family activates and pep rally/spirit walks to help pump up fans.
What are the best restaurants to check out when in Houston for the Texas Bowl?
Houston is a very big city, so it depends where you’re staying, but there are lots of good options. For breakfast, we suggest Baby Barnaby’s in the Fourth Ward area. Breakfast Klub is very popular and good, but the line is over an hour long much of the time on weekends. If you’re downtown, check out the Hearsay Gastro Lounge or Treebeards, which is a Cajun/creole restaurant that gets rave reviews.
Who are some of the best players to have played in the Texas Bowl?
Ray Rice won the bowl’s first ever MVP in 2006 while playing for Rutgers, and then current Benglas QB Andy Dalton won it the year after with TCU. Ryan Tannehill, current Dolphins starting QB, won the award while playing for Texas A&M in 2011.
Which matchups has the Texas Bowl seen over the years?