With basketball season beginning to take form, I figured I would touch on one of the hottest teams in the NBA; the Houston Rockets. Though we all saw Dwight Howard’s impact do nothing for the Lakers last year, Houston fans seem to all be on board with his addition to a Rockets team that is starting to look like the real deal. As the Rockets begin to bring Houston back in to playoff relevance the Toyota Center begins to reach capacity more and more these days which makes it a great topic of discussion.
Let’s start with pre-game. Unbeknownst to many Houston Texans fans, tailgating is primarily a football tradition leaving the parking lot at the Toyota Center to be just that. Instead Rockets fans are usually scouring the streets and bars near the Toyota Center in preparation of tip off. The B.U.S. is a fairly close sports bar that always seems to bring in the crowd before and after games. The B.U.S. is a moderately priced bar but is a great spot to start a Rockets or Astros game. The atmosphere is pretty laid back and calm though things can get pretty crazy when the Mavericks or Spurs come to town. If you are looking for something a little more upscale you’ve got The Grove, III Forks, and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse all within less than a mile of the Toyota Center.
One thing that helps the Toyota Center remain a top NBA Venue is the parking. There is a huge garage that is actually connected to the Toyota Center allowing for easy entrance and exit. Even if you miss out on the 2,500 space garage the streets are littered with more than 10,000 other spots well within walking distance to the game. If you are coming from out of town, enjoy an easy walk from any of the numerous hotels surrounding the Toyota Center. The Embassy Suites, Hilton, Four Seasons, and Holiday Inn Express are all within a block of the Toyota Center making them prime spots for your stay in Houston for a Rockets game.
The Toyota Center is up there with the biggest of NBA Venues and can hold over 18,000 basketball fans. Like most basketball arena’s the Toyota Center has an all-around great view of the court. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the players I would recommend getting in the lower arena level where you feel like you’re on the court and get a feel for just how massive the players are. Depending on the game and section this area will usually run you anywhere from $60 to a couple hundred but guaranteed to be money well spent. Once you get up into the upper level sections your view will be hindered slightly but far from a bad seat (remember these guys are huge). The good news is you won’t pay nearly as much. Rarely will you not be able to get into one of these sections for less than $100 a seat. There are some club sections in the upper level and those will run at a little bit of a higher rate, but grabbing ticket in the 400’s of the Toyota Center is a great way to catch the Rockets play for cheap.
Some of the biggest games this season at the Toyota Center will be when the Dallas Mavericks come to H-town on December 23 and the San Antonio Spurs in January and April. The Rockets have been making moves all year in preparation for this season and it’s looking to be a special year for Houston’s basketball scene.