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Texans’ NRG Stadium Roof Damaged By Hurricane Beryl

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Houston Texans NRG Stadium Roof Damaged By Hurricane Beryl

The Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium roof was damaged by Hurricane Beryl on Tuesday, as strong winds and heavy rain stripped several panels from the retractable roof.

Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium was the first-ever NFL stadium to feature a retractable roof

According to a video posted by The Associated Press, the storm destroyed at least three panels. Beryl, which made landfall early Monday as a Category 1, has caused multiple deaths in Texas and Louisiana.

“Like many of our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, NRG Park sustained damage from Hurricane Beryl, including to the roof of NRG Stadium,” NRG Park CEO and executive director Ryan Walsh said in a statement Tuesday.

“HCSCC [Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation] officials are collaborating with state, county and city officials to assist with recovery efforts throughout the region. This collective undertaking requires all of us to work together with a strong commitment to our community.

“While we assist with these efforts, we are also assessing the extent of damages to NRG Park facilities. We look forward to seeing our neighbors at NRG Park soon as we return to normal operations.”

At a construction cost of $352 million, the facility opened as Reliant Stadium in 2002. The stadium has a seating capacity of 72,220. It was the first-ever NFL stadium to feature a retractable roof.

NRG Stadium also suffered roof damage in 2008 from Hurricane Ike, costing about $5 million in repairs

NRG Stadium also suffered damage to its roof in 2008 from Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 storm. It resulted in five missing sections and extensive water damage. Repairs then cost an estimated $5 million.

This ultimately led to the postponement of a Texans home game in September against the Baltimore Ravens that season. The game was moved to Week 10 in November 2008.

The Texans aren’t scheduled to play their first home game until Aug. 17, when they host the New York Giants in a preseason matchup. Their regular-season home opener is scheduled for Sept. 15 against the Chicago Bears.

Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, did not sustain serious damage from the storm. The Astros will host the Miami Marlins as scheduled Tuesday night.

Additionally, NRG Stadium is the home of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Bowl, U.S. men’s national soccer team’s matches, Mexico national football team matches, and other events.

The stadium served as the venue for Super Bowls XXXVIII (2004) and LI (2017). It also hosted the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship and WrestleMania 25 in 2009.

The Texans’ stadium is scheduled to host multiple FIFA World Cup matches in 2026.