2013 NBA All-Star Game: How Houston stacks up to Dallas on some of the biggest stages in sports

Some have wondered why Houston has earned a second NBA All-Star Game weekend in a seven-year span.  The fact is, Houston — and Texas — consistently churn out as much if not more basketball talent than basketball hotbeds like New York or LA, summer basketball one of the primary reasons for the surge.

Set in downtown Houston at the Toyota Center, the 2013 All-Star weekend will turn Houston into a festival of basketball, parties and celebrity events. Lebron James will try to win his second All-Star MVP, and the Slam Dunk Contest is always a blast with the no-hold barred mentality that you don’t get in live games. In 1989 Houston set the record crowd for an All-Star Game with 44,735 attendees- a record that was shattered by another Texas city when Dallas hosted in 2010, with 108,713 fans at the game.  NBA officials estimate the three-day event this weekend will have an economic impact of more than $80 million on the Bayou City.

In addition to hosting the NBA All-Star game, both Houston and Dallas have  drawn a number of other high-profile sporting events, including the Super Bowl. New stadiums built in the last ten years have allowed these Texas giants to continue attract major events and support their portfolio of professional teams (both cities boast at least four). But despite the similarities between Houston and Dallas as sporting meccas, an ongoing cultural rivalry has driven many comparisons between the two cities, from food to architecture. So in honor of the game this weekend, we’ve pitted the two cities against each other to determine who reigns supreme on some of the biggest stages in sports.

Insider Tips for a Fun Time in Dallas

The big rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma is next weekend and TicketCity has all the insider tips for a great time in Dallas. Checkout how to live it up at the State Fair of Texas, fun rivalry game facts, alumni event information, and restaurant and family-friendly recommendations too.

When it comes to buying tickets, TicketCity has the expertise and knowledge to find you the best seats for the big game at Cotton Bowl Stadium, all College Football teams including SMU, TCU and UNT, Cowboys, Rangers, Concerts and much more. Let us be your personal ticket service.

Insider Tips for a Great Time in Dallas

Tips from TicketCity: The Big Game in Dallas

If you live in either Texas or Oklahoma, chances are you’re well aware that there’s a big game coming up in Dallas this weekend. The folks here at TicketCity have frequented this fine event many a time, and have learned some tricks of the trade along the way. Watch the video below to hear what the TicketCity team has to say about one of the year’s biggest rivalry games.

Have some more helpful hints or favorite attractions? Feel free to leave a comment–we’d love to hear ‘em!

TicketCity Bowl Memories: Randy Cohen

Randy CohenUntil the college football post-season begins on December 18th, 2011, TicketCity will be running stories from our team members whose bowl memories live on. Today, company CEO Randy Cohen remembers a watching a great coach in Dallas… before he officially made his name there.

I’ve been to plenty of great post-season college football games during my time as TicketCity’s Chief Energizing Officer. I’ve been all across this great land of ours to watch outstanding games at the Fiesta, Rose, Alamo, Holiday and Orange Bowls. This year I’m adding a special notch on the list by attending the first ever TicketCity Bowl!

But even with all that time I’ve spent watching late-December and early-January college football, there’s one game I’ll always remember—the 1991 Cotton Bowl. It was a bone-chilling day in Dallas when the University of Miami (then under Jimmy Johnson) came in to take on my Texas Longhorns. The stadium was sold out and the energy was electric. When the teams finally came out on to the field, a fight broke between them. At that point, we knew it was going to be an amazing game. Instead, the Texas Longhorns fell apart and were destroyed by Miami 46-3. The Hurricanes played with the aggressive swagger they were known for in those days, and it left me (and I’m sure the team) a little humbled and totally in awe of how great Jimmy Johnson was.

If you’d like to create your own college football bowl memories, check out our great selection of seats for games all across the country. Alternately, you can call 1-800-521-8788 and speak to one of our helpful sales representatives.

The TicketCity Bowl Touches Down in Dallas On New Year’s Day!

TicketCity Named Title Sponsor of the Inaugural TicketCity Bowl
Dallas Football Classic renamed the TicketCity Bowl

TicketCity Bowl LogoAUSTIN, TX (BusinessWire – November 8, 2010) Bowl officials announced today that TicketCity, a leader in the secondary ticket industry for more than 20 years, has become the title sponsor of the Dallas Football Classic, now officially named the TicketCity Bowl.

The inaugural TicketCity Bowl will be held on January 1, 2011 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. The bowl will host teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Those teams will officially be announced on December 5, 2010. The Cotton Bowl Stadium last hosted a college football post-season game in January 2009. This is the Austin, TX-based retailer’s first year sponsoring the bowl.

“We are more than excited to be part of the continuing tradition of post-season college football at the historic Cotton Bowl,” says Randy Cohen, Founder and CEO of TicketCity. “We look forward to this opportunity to be part of an unforgettable experience for TicketCity clients, our employees, college football fans and the Dallas community. What a way to kick off the New Year!”

Nearing its 90th anniversary, the Cotton Bowl Stadium has seen countless NFL and college football champions crowned on its field and ranks second only to the Rose Bowl in having hosted the most bowl games. Renovations made in 2008 ensure the 92,000-seat stadium is ready for TicketCity Bowl action, and to welcome in the New Year with the first college football game of 2011.

“Obviously we are extremely pleased to have TicketCity as our title partner,” says Tom Starr, Bowl President & CEO. “The rapid rise of TicketCity to the top of its field of endeavor is a story that we hope to emulate with our new bowl. The name is a natural for a bowl game and we are honored to have it in our title as we kick off what is destined to become a major New Year’s Day post-season college football attraction.”

Tickets for the TicketCity Bowl are available at TicketCity.com and directly from the bowl. The event is set to take place on January 1, 2011 at 11am CST and will be broadcast on ESPNU. The game kicks off an action-packed New Year’s Day of bowl games, culminating with the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl that same evening.

Additional TicketCity bowl sponsorships include the BBVA Compass Bowl, Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, New Mexico Bowl and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. TicketCity’s official collegiate partnerships include Georgia Tech Athletics, TCU Athletics, University of California, Berkeley Athletics, Vanderbilt University Athletics, and a variety of other university sponsorships.

About TicketCity
Based in Austin, TX, TicketCity offers a marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets for all sports, concerts, and theatre events. Specializing in tickets for all college and professional sports and championship events, including college bowl games and the Super Bowl. For more than 20 years TicketCity has provided personal service to clients around the world. TicketCity partners include Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, and FoxSports’ Scout network. TicketCity has been named to Inc Magazine’s prestigious Inc 5000 list in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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