There were a whole lot of firsts beginning with the Texans WIN against Tampa! The team also played their very first home game on new AstroTurf (artificial grass).
It was also my first experience at an NFL football game and the energy was incredible! The crowd was pumped and naturally I learned a few things as a newbie. Hopefully these tips will help if you've never been or are planning your first trip to the stadium.
1. Get there early
You probably want to post pictures on social media so early is key! Once the stadium is full it's pretty impossible to get a cell signal but if you're there before the crowds, post away. Obviously during the game you can't really tweet in real time but at least you can 'check-in' and get a pic on Instagram pre-game.
2. Check the forecast
It started to drizzle on our way in and out of NRG. Wear a light rain coat if you can because most umbrellas aren't allowed inside. It depends on whether or not they fit under your seat.
3. NO purses unless it's a clear plastic bag.
No exceptions. I just took my phone, ID and a lip gloss. Security will turn you around to leave your stuff in the car. (It's a far walk so leave the valuables at home)
4. Use the bathrooms at the right time.
Ladies, there is always a line so leave your seat a few minutes before half time. 5 mins before the end of the 4th quarter is a good time too in order to avoid a long wait.
5. DON'T count the calories! You'll spoil your game day experience so plan to order the nachos & hot dog! It's all in moderation...right?