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.

Kings Of Leon, NCAA Team Up For Final Four Concert

As if you didn’t have enough of a reason to go to Houston during Final Four wekend (April 1-4), Tenesseeans Kings of Leon are going to ‘volunteer’ a free show at the Discovery Green from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Their show is a part of a deal where “Kings of Leon’s song, “The Immortals,” will be at the center of a multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.”

So, would you go to the concert before the Final Four, or would you save up your exceitment for the games? For a sample of what you’re in for if you do go, here’s a clip of KOL playing “The Immortals” live in Italy.

Kings Of Leon Playing Free Final Four Discovery Green Show [Houston Press]

Which Rodeo Has A Better Musical Set, Houston or San Antonio?

Between the Houston Rodeo and its San Antonio counterpart, country music and pop fans can get their fill of live music for the whole year!  Among the headliners in Houston are Trace Adkins, Selena Gomez, Sugarland and Miranda Lambert. San Antonio also as Lambert, as well as Train, comedian Bill Engvall and Reba McEntire. They’re a month apart, but if you had to choose one of them for a free all-access passes, which would it be?

Seinfeld in Houston Friday Night

TicketCity has great orchestra seating available for Jerry Seinfeld’s show tomorrow night, May 29th, in Houston at Jones Hall.  I saw his show in Austin and would highly recommend it.  I’m always surprised just how real he is in person.  And it’s refreshing that he doesn’t have to litter his routine with obscenities in order to make it funny.  If you’ve never seen Jerry in person, it’s certainly worth it and makes for a great Friday date night!

Tickets are still available online at TicketCity.com or just give us a call at 1-800-SOLD-OUT.