TDECU Stadium is the home for the Houston Cougars football team. The venue opened in 2014, providing Houston Cougars tickets holders with variety of premium and standard seats available. The stadium’s capacity is listed at 40000 although crowds larger than this had appeared at the venue with the record being over 42000.
The venue offers a great view of Houston skyline, Legends Plaza and some unique markings on the field for newcomers to discover.
Basketball center happens to be located at Hofheinz Pavilion, a venue that served the Cougars since 1969 when it first opened. There are nearly 8500 seats available so anyone into basketball should find their spot there.
Houston Cougars started fielding football team in 1946 after few years of petitioning and all the formalities. Basketball existed here earlier but the men programs of basketball took off the same year as football.
The college is member of American Athletic Conference, NCAA Division I FBS, West. The Cougars’ colours are scarlet and albino and the university is represented by a mascot named Shasta, which refers to both costumed and live cougars.
The main rivals of the Cougars are Rice Owls and SMU Mustang with two historical rivalries that included those of Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies.
Football programs delivered 11 conference championships, including one from their current one. With an all- time record of 417-352-15 and 24 Bowl game appearances the Cougars had some mixed fortunes in their history. Most of their Bowl success come from recent encounters.
The university produced one Heisman Trophy winner in Andre Ware, a quarterback who was selected 7th overall in 1990 draft and spent some years on NFL rosters and his total passing yards in NFL came to only 1112, with 5 touchdowns to 8 interceptions.
There were few other quarterbacks coming from Houston to NFL but none of them made a significant impact in the pro leagues and Case Keenum, currently on roster with Los Angeles Rams might be the most accomplished with 3023 passing yards to his name and 15 touchdowns to 9 interceptions thrown.
Basketball program had been thriving, especially in the late sixties and early eighties and it resulted with the Cougars being runner ups twice in 1983 and 1984. Altogether the program has been to 19 NCAA Tournaments and besides being runner ups, the Cougars had been to five Final Fours and five Elite Eights.
Houston claimed 6 conference tournament championships and further 7 conference regular season titles in their history.
The Cougars had put some great players in NBA and their most known personalities at the pro level include Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.
These two spent most of their career playing against each other until 1995 when Drexler joined Olajuwon’s Houston and won championship with them them, prior to that Drexler played for the TrailBlazers and during his career he was chosen to 10 NBA All- Star games, he was named to All- NBA First team and won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1992.
Olajuwon, drafted first overall year after Drexler, in 1984, spent nearly all of his career with Houston Rockets where he won two NBA championships, grabbing NBA Finals MVP award twice. He was also NBA MVP once, he took part in 12 NBA All- Star games, led the league in blocks three times, as well as being rebound leader twice. He is NBA All- time blocks leader and a gold medallist from 1996 Olympic Games among many of other accomplishments.
Houston is a town where basketball is quite high on the list of priorities and football has to make some space for hoops to be the first in line.