Oklahoma & Houston to Play Opening Weekend at NRG Stadium in 2016
The University of Oklahoma Sooners and University of Houston Cougars will open the 2016 season in the fourth installment of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be the third matchup in the all-time series between the schools.
Texas A&M will take on Arizona State to start the 2015 season, signifying the high caliber of teams participating in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. On opening weekend of the 2014 college football season, then-No. 13 LSU beat No. 14 Wisconsin 28-24, while in 2013, then-No. 13 Oklahoma State topped Mississippi State 21-3.
“The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff has quickly become a premier Labor Day weekend college football tradition,” said Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to welcoming the Oklahoma Sooners and their fans to Houston for the 2016 edition of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff as they open the college football season at NRG Stadium against our hometown Houston Cougars.”
Oklahoma owns a 2-0 record against Houston. In 2004, then-No. 2 Oklahoma defeated Houston behind the reigning 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and freshman star Adrian Peterson.
Currently ranked No. 4 nationally, the Sooners have opened the 2014 season 2-0. Oklahoma is coached by Bob Stoops, who owns a 162-39 record, now in his 16th season in Norman.
“The greater Houston area has long been a stronghold of support for OU,” said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione. “We are excited to showcase our program in one of the nation’s largest markets and an NFL venue that has hosted the Super Bowl.”
Houston has opened the 2014 season with a 1-1 mark and a full-slate of American Athletic Conference games ahead. Third-year head coach Tony Levine leads a UH program that will seek its 23rd postseason bowl berth.
“We have been and will remain committed to scheduling competitive non-conference opponents and that includes games in the City of Houston to reward our passionate fan base,” said Mack Rhoades, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at University of Houston. “When you look at the caliber of teams invited to the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in the past, it’s a great honor to kick off the 2016 season against Oklahoma in what promises to be an exciting opener. I want to thank Jamey Rootes from the Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, Dave Brown from ESPN and Joe Castiglione from OU for helping make this series a reality.”
The game will mark the fourth year of a four-year agreement between Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, to bring a top college football game to NRG Stadium during the Labor Day weekend to start the college football season.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff,” said Pete Derzis, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ESPN Regional Television. “Both teams have a great fan following and rich history, which will continue to bring a high level of interest to our game.”
For more information on ticket packages for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, log on to www.advocaretexaskickoff.com. For information on luxury suites call 832-667-2160.
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada) and The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.)
Armed Forces Classic (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PR); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics Presented by Corona Extra (New York City & South Bend, Ind.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis)
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Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003. Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. In addition to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted a pair of major concerts featuring country superstars George Strait and Kenny Chesney.
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