The Houston Texans invited the media to NRG Park Tuesday for their annual “State of the Stadium” address and feeding frenzy of new concession goodies.
Darn the luck, I had to graze and nibble an array of over-the-top football fare from, celebrity chef Chris Shepherd’s fried sausage and cheese kolaches on tater tot casserole to barbecue lord master Ronnie Killen’s pulled pork tacos to cowboy cookie Grady Spears’ brunchin’ chicken biscuit to dessert nachos topped with fresh berries and Nutella.
That’s just not fair. I’d eat football cleats if they were covered with Nutella. My favorite new item ... anything Killen handed to me.
Before the Texans rolled out the food carts (they’re no dummies), team president Jamey Rootes discussed and unveiled the new features and improvements — the “Game Day Experience” — waiting for fans this season.
NRG Stadium has undergone $30 million in additions and updates to its concession and retail outlets. Killen will have three times as many food locations as last year, Shepherd six times more. The main gift store in Bud Light Plaza has a new name – Houston Texans Team Shop. There will be a new Chevron Kids Zone for pre-game romper fun. A new Tailgate Lane has been installed right next to the stadium.
“If you were any closer, you’d have to wear a helmet,” Rootes said.
I asked Killen, with all of his restaurants’ (barbecue, burgers, steaks, etc.) success in the outside world, why work Sundays at NRG Stadium?
“My relationship with the Houston Texans is very important for one main reason – I love football,” he said. “I’m a huge Texans fan. It’s as simple as that. I want to be a part of this.”
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