About Fertitta Center
Smack dab in the middle of Houston, Texas, as part of the University of Houston’s massive school campus, the 7,100-seat multi-purpose indoor arena that is the Fertitta Center acts as a beacon for sports and other events throughout the city. Long a local landmark but featuring a brand-new name and look after a recent renovation, this sports venue is ready for anything! Are you?
History of the Fertitta Center
Originally built in the 1960s, the Fertitta Center opened on December 1st, 1969, under the name of the Hofheinz Pavilion. The first purpose-built arena for the University of Houston, it was meant to provide a home for the university’s collegiate athletics teams, which had been using local high school fields and gyms up until then.
When it first opened, the venue was capable of holding 10,000 screaming fans, a figure that would stay that way until a 1998 renovation saw that number drop to accommodate better amenities for fans and teams alike. Another major reno in 2016 reduced its capacity even further to its current number and updated the arena, now named the Fertitta Center, to fit in with the needs of the modern fan.
What’s So Special About Fertitta Center Events?
The Fertitta Center is one of the best places to catch either a ball game or a music concert in Houston or anywhere else. Thanks to its brand-new renovations, it’s got modern amenities and fantastic sightlines, ensuring that you’ll never miss even a second of the action.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Fertitta Center located?
The Fertitta Center is located at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.
What kind of events does Fertitta Center host?
Basketball may be the main Fertitta Center event, but that’s not the only thing this venue is used for, of course. In addition to basketball games, the Fertitta Center also hosts a number of great concerts every year. Artists like Prince, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Madonna, and even more have graced the stage of the Fertitta Center over the years.
Which team is playing at Fertitta Center?
The Fertitta Center is the home of the Houston Cougars, the University of Houston’s NCAA basketball team since it opened in 1969. Both the men’s and the women’s ball teams play their home games there.
Where can I park for free at Fertitta Center?
Parking availability at Fertitta Center events varies. Generally speaking, surrounding lots and garages are made available two hours prior to event start time. Parking is cash-only and costs $10.
What is the seating capacity of Fertitta Center?
Fertitta Center sporting events can host over 7,100 spectators.
Who owns Fertitta Center?
Fertitta Center is owned by The University of Houston system.
How do I get to Fertitta Center using public transport?
Fertitta Center events are accessible via multiple modes of transportation. Houston METRORail's Southeast Line provides light rail access to the venue with a station less than 100 yards from the Southwest entrance of the stadium.