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Texans To Unveil NFL's Largest Videoboards, But Not Meant To Be "In Your Face"
Published August 13, 2013
NOT-SO-OPEN HOUSE: In Houston, Eric Berger noted that since the Texans began an open roof policy at Reliant Stadium in ’05, the Texans have “adhered to their own policy half the time.” In 22 of the 46 closed-roof, regular season and playoff contests “the game time temperature was between 50 and 80 degrees and there was not a good chance of rain.” Team officials said that they are “simply catering to public desire.” Texans Senior Communications Dir Kevin Cooper said, “It's kind of a juggling act of trying to keep 70,000 people happy.” Berger noted with the exception of the ’08 season when damage from Hurricane Ike “forced the team to open its roof for all games, the Texans have closed their roof in 57 of 80 regular season games," or 71% of the time. The team also has “opened the roof less often as it has become more competitive.” Cooper “firmly denied that noise and a desire for a stronger home field advantage factor into the team's roof decisions” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/11).