Toyota Center first opened in 2003 and immediately set higher standards for the sports and entertainment industry. It became one of the premier live entertainment locations in America, similar in prestige as the Ryman located in Nashville, TN. Toyota Center is home for NBA’s Houston Rockets and AHL’s Houston Aeros. Apart from sports, Toyota Center also hosts musical events and touring shows with private event management agencies.
During the first year, Toyota Center welcomed over 1.5 million fans to the stadium, winning it the Allen Award for Civic Enhancement, Rookie of the Year by the Harlem Globetrotters, and a nomination for Pollstar magazine’s Best New Concert Venue award. It was designed by HOK Sports and Entertainment Group in association with Morris Architects from Houston. The large open window seats are probably the best quality of Totoya Center. The playing surface of the area is nearly 32-feet below street level, which made Toyota Center the largest lower level arena of any arena in the nation.
How to reach Toyota Center
You can drive through Houston City to reach Toyota Center that has around 2,500 parking space for your cars. If you do not find parking in the Toyota Tundra parking, you can find a parking space easily within a few blocks of the arena. You can also take the Metro rail and reach Bell Station. You can take a 10-minute walk from the station to reach the arena. You can also find local buses making their rounds around the area as well.
Tickets and seating areas
You can book the tickets for music concerts from the private event management companies if you are planning to attend the show. You will not find any tickets with the area authorities unless the event management team hires a few volunteers to sell on-spot tickets. Book your tickets online when you find out about any upcoming events in Toyota Arena.
Most of the games at the Toyota Center are sold out due to the success of the Rockets. You can buy tickets online from the Toyota Center website or directly from the Toyota Center box office. Toyota Center has installed Flash seat technology which allows you to unlock your seat directly from your phone instead of carrying paper tickets. The Flash seat system is open for bidding online, but you can buy them outside from a seller.
Other activities to try out outside Toyota Center
Although the area around Toyota Center does not have enough entertainment for you before or after the game, you can still get a good meal at one of the fine dining restaurants nearby. If you can drive around, you can find more options like Guadalajara and Papasitos Cantina. If you are looking for something from the Spanish menu, you can dine at Oporto Fooding House & Wine. The town also has Reef for people who want to enjoy the best seafood in a nationwide popular seafood restaurant chain.