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Super Bowl anticipation fills Houston Texans owner's suite: Living the sports high life

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4 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Janice McNair, James Baker, Hannah McNair
Janice McNair, from left, James Baker and Hannah McNair in the McNair's owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Jovon Tyler, Mayor Annise Parker
Jovon Tyler and Mayor Annise Parker in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 American flag on football field at Reliant Stadium
The view from the owner's suite at Reliant Stadium is always a a grand one particularly with the home game opener. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Gwen Emmett in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Anne Mendelsohn, Dr. John Mendelsohn
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Lynn Wyatt, Oscar Wyatt
Lynn and Oscar Wyatt are regulars in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home games. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Terri (Terry?) Havens, John Havens
Terri and John Havens in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Faith Majors, Lee Majors
Invitation to the owner's suite includes a trip to the field as enjoyed by Faith and Lee Majors. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Joanne King Herring, Robin King, Alice Burguieres
Joanne King Herring, from left, Robin King and Alice Burguieres in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 James Baker, Joanna Hartland Marks, Brad Marks
James Baker, left, with Joanna Hartland Marks and Brad Marks in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Holly Smith, Austin Alvis
Holly Smith and Austin Alvis at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Laurie Kimble, Clark Kimble
Laurie and Clark Kimble in the owner's suite at the Texans' opening home game. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Janice McNair, James Baker, Hannah McNair
11 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Jovon Tyler, Mayor Annise Parker
6 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 American flag on football field at Reliant Stadium
9 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
14 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Anne Mendelsohn, Dr. John Mendelsohn
13 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Lynn Wyatt, Oscar Wyatt
3 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Terri (Terry?) Havens, John Havens
1 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Faith Majors, Lee Majors
10 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Joanne King Herring, Robin King, Alice Burguieres
8 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 James Baker, Joanna Hartland Marks, Brad Marks
12 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
2 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Holly Smith, Austin Alvis
5 Texans owner's suite home opening game September 2013 Laurie Kimble, Clark Kimble

On game day, nothing feels more like the center of the NFL universe for Houston Texans fans than the plush surroundings of the owner's suite at Reliant Stadium. So it was Sunday when Janice and Bob McNair packed their luxurious aerie, high above the playing field, with a contingent of VIPs as powerful in city dynamics as the Texans heavy-hitters are on the playing field.

Those with the coveted invitation, the early arrivals, have the added treat of joining Bob McNair on the sidelines before kick-off as did Faith and Lee Majors. From that stance near the players' bench, they marveled at the stadium structure and the zealous fans that excitedly pour in to fill every seat in the house.

Following the kickoff, McNair, Texans general manager Rick Smith and COO Cal McNair returned to the suite to take their front row seats, binoculars in hand in order to observe in close detail every move on the field. Those moves are expected to catapult the Texans into the Super Bowl in 2014, an anticipation that was palpable throughout the owner's aerie.

Across the expanse of the suite, which occupies the top level of the south end of Reliant, Janice McNair played gracious hostess, mingling with guests and encouraging them to partake of the lavish buffet featuring everything from made-to-order omelettes to made-to-order ice cream sundaes, the latter offered during half-time and thereafter.

Mayor Annise Parker, accompanied by her son, Jovon Tyler, (and her security escorts) was one of many with eyes glued to the field, along with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen.

Early arrivals in the suite that provides a luxurious viewing perch for as many as 60 guests included former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Lynn and Oscar Wyatt, Terrie and John Havens, Hannah McNair, Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Alice Burguieres, Joanne King Herring, Robin King and Joanna Hartland Marks and Brad Marks.

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