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NRG Stadium

Location Houston, TX, USA
Region North America
Material PTFE
Architect Hermes Architects and Lockwood, Andrews, Newnam, Inc. (Houston Stadium Consultants), Houston, TX
Engineering Walter P. Moore,
Houston, Texas
Application Roof, Retractable
Market Sector Stadiums / Arenas
Size 37500 sqm
Year 2002

NRG stadium (formally Reliant Stadium), home to the National Football League´s Houston Texans since the team made its debut in August 2002, improved on the Astrodome in two areas: First, it´s most notable feature is Birdair´s retractable translucent fabric roof, the first in the NFL. This four-acre roofing structure, constructed using 403,800 square feet of PTFE architectural fabric membrane and two 967-foot long steel supertrusses supported by four reinforced concrete columns, can open or close in under 10 minutes, providing flexibility for Texas’ seasonably hot temperatures. Second, because of PTFE membrane´s inherent daylighting properties, a natural grass field is grown in place, something the Astrodome could not support.