Reliant Stadium may be changing names

Next time you go see a Texans home game, it might not be in Reliant Stadium
March 12, 2014 3:24:04 PM PDT
Next time you go see a Texans home game, it might not be in Reliant Stadium.

That's because Reliant and NRG Energy, Reliant's parent company, are asking for authorization from the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation to rename Reliant Park and its related facilities.

If authorization is granted, Reliant Stadium would become NRG Stadium and Reliant Park would be NRG Park.

It has only been around since 2002, but Houstonians clearly have an affection toward Reliant Stadium and the entire complex.

"I think it's kind of removing the Houston history that we have, because we all know it as Reliant Park," Houstonian Tamike Washington said. "I know it's what we're used to."

But it is an overall strategy that includes other big long term plans.

NRG says after the name change, it will introduce a number of green and renewable energy products to the stadium. Possibilities include solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and LED lighting.

NRG already has similar products installed in five other NFL stadiums. With its headquarters in Houston, this isn't a far stretch.

"It's better for our company. We work for NRG so really for Reliant, it's just a brand. The heart of energy power plants and innovative things we do," employee Randy Doggett said.

According to Reliant, the issue will go before the HCSCC board on March 19 for approval. At this point, it's not clear when a name change would happen, if approved.

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