The University of Houston Cougars basketball team is one of the most successful basketball programs in the State of Texas. The Cougars first started playing basketball in the 1940’s, and have gone on to reach 2 national championship games, and 5 Final Four’s. Cougars basketball ranks in the top 10 in Final Four appearances, and produced an undefeated regular season team in 1968. Houston saw its greatest era of success in the 1980’s, where the Cougars reached 3 straight Final Fours from 1982-1984, and were National Runner-up two years in a row in 1983, 1984. The Cougars teams of the 1980’s were known as “Phi Slama Jama” or “Texas’s Tallest Fraternity” in reference to their high flying stars Hakeem Olajuwon, and Clyde Drexler. The duo of Drexler and Olajuowon was unstoppable and have kept the Cougars basketball teams of the 1980’s often considered among the greatest teams of all time. Since the 1980’s, the Houston Cougars basketball team has continued to thrill fans, and Houston Cougars basketball tickets are some of the best selling tickets for Houston athletics.
Houston Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion Address: 3875 Holman Street Houston, TX 77004
The Houston Cougars basketball team plays their home games at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas. Hofheinz Pavilion was opened in the late 1960’s and has served as the home of Cougars basketball ever since. The stadium has a capacity of over 8,000, and is one of the loudest venues in the American Athletic Conference. Gamedays at Hofheinz Pavilion are characterized by rambunctious Cougars fans, and an intimate viewing experience. The court at Hofhienz Pavilion is named after Guy Lewis, one of the legendary coaches in Cougars basketball history. Throughout its history, the arena has served as the home of the Houston Cougars, Houston Rockets (1971-75), as well as concerts and performances from top artists and performers.
Houston vs. SMU
The rivalry between the Cougars and Mustangs dates back to the days of the Southwest Conference. Both programs were athletic powers in the SWC and constantly competed for the top recruits in the state of Texas. The rivalry took a backseat after the conference disbanded, but has been put back into the forefront in the American Athletic Conference. In recent years, the Mustangs and Cougars have both returned to national prominence and Houston Cougars basketball tickets against SMU are some of the most sought after of the season.
Houston Cougars Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Cougars game?
Doors usually open to the general public 1-hour before tip off at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children over the age of 2 years old are required to have a ticket to enter Hofheinz Pavilion.