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Sports Team Chases Luxury Boxes, Man Bites Dog

Alan Burge over at Examiner.com has a post up looking at an earlier Sports Business Journal article about the Texans adding some temporary suites at Reliant Stadium’s field level:

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According to Muret, three of new temporary suites (which apparently will replace my favorite beer stand) contain four seats and are priced at $25,000 annually. “One unit has six seats and sells for $30,000 a season. Terms are six, eight or 10 years. A buffet meal served in a common area in back is included in the ticket package, but beer, wine and hard liquor cost extra,” says Muret.

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The suites may be money makers but if you’ve seen them you probably agree that they’re not a good aesthetic fit in the stadium. They take away from the open feel of the field level concourse areas which was a trademark of Reliant Stadium.

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As someone who is big on the fan experience, I can’t say I’m a fan of this move. However, considering the money at stake, it’s pretty understandable. Perhaps as a conciliatory gesture, they can get rid of the “It’s another Houston Texannnnnnssss…” “FIRST! DOWN!” chant?

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