Providing an unprecedented 1.2 square miles combined with a 6.5-mile tail of athletic terror, many a discerning sports fan has disappeared into the midst of the “Great Houston Sports Triangle.”
Granted, the above-referenced fan will eventually reappear (unlike an encounter with the Sports Triangle’s much more horrific cousin, the Bermuda Triangle), but they may or may not have had an enjoyable experience!
Houston boasts four of the five professional sport teams (hockey has just not found a home in humid Houston). In 2013, two of the four teams, the Houston Rockets (NBA) and the Houston Dynamo (MLS), found themselves in playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros (MLB) logged a record of 51-111 and the Houston Texans (NFL) finished the year at 2-14. Despite season records, good or bad, this means that the city of Houston sees sporting action year-round at the professional level.
In addition to the local teams, Houston is treated to many international events. The Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the country to still be played on its original site while the Chevron Houston Marathon is the largest single day sporting event in the city. The BP MS 150 hosts 13,000 cyclists for two days, covering an impressive 180 miles. Attracting thousands of golf enthusiasts, the Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA tour. Finally the city’s “signature” event can be found in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition.
While the world’s best teams are not necessarily fielded locally, as indicated by the last local championship coming from the Houston Dynamo in 2007, it can easily be said that the city of Houston sees more than its share of world-class athletes covering a multitude of disciplines.