As Hank Williams used to sing, “Are you ready for some football?”
The Houston Texans are about to kick off the 2014 season on Sunday at NRG Stadium against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
If you plan on heading to the game, team President Jamey Rootes says there will be some new things for you at the stadium this year.
“We have 50 plus game day innovations that we will be rolling out. A lot of it is focused on food and beverage options,” Rootes explained.
One thing that won’t change is the NFL’s policy on the kind of bags you can bring in. The league says clear bags are the best way to go.
“The fans did a great job on that last year. Just make sure you’re up to date on what the plan was last year,” Rootes stated.
Security is going to be tight as it normally is. And parking could be a little bit of an adventure, too. Rootes says there is a sure way to make sure you don’t get stuck in long lines.
“Come early. We’d like the fans to be in their seats by 11:30 because we’ve got a great show,” Rootes explained.
And that sow includes the Eli Young Band and Clay Walker singing the national anthem.
The Texans will be looking to improve after suffering through a 2-14 season in 2013 that cost Gary Kubiak his job as head coach. Matt Schaub is now an Oakland Raider. Rootes says it’s tough to put expectations on this season after what happened last year.
“The only way you can approach the season is to go one week at a time. The goal is to go 1-0 each week,” Rootes said.
But he did add that new coach Bill O’Brien has given the organization a tough, new attitude.
“He’s reinvigorated the building. He’s fired everybody up,” Rootes stated.
Some think the team could wind up with 8 wins this season. Kickoff on Sunday is at Noon. And the team wants you to wear white on Sunday for the annual Liberty White Out to honor first responders.