Houston bids for SEC-Big 12 Bowl, playoff rotation
Reliant Stadium has hosted a bowl game - currently the Meineke Car Care Bowl - since 2006. The venue, which also has a retractable roof, was the site of the 2004 Super Bowl and the 2011 Final Four. It is slated to host the Final Four again in 2016.Read the rest.
''We're really honored and very proud of the bid that we've put forth,'' said Heather Houston, the executive director of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. ''We feel like it'll stack up against any other market. We've got the strongest local economy, a beautiful facility here at Reliant Stadium, and also an avid college sports base; and of course the proven track record of hosting successful events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and, of course, the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.''
The bid is for 12 years, Houston said, and the goal is for the city to land one of the semifinal games in four of those years. The deadline for cities to submit bids is Wednesday, she said.
Reliant Stadium holds just under 72,000 which some might consider a tad on the small side. The Super Dome in New Orleans has a capacity of about 77,000 and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas seats 81,000 but can hold over 100,000 when standing room areas are configured properly.
Still, Houston is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, and they've hosted big events before.
The drawback: Houston traffic is an unmitigated nightmare.