Houston Rockets Info
Where do the Houston Rockets play their home games?
The Houston Rockets play their home games at Toyota Center.
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Houston Rockets Team History
The Houston Rockets are a member of the NBA’s Western Conference. The Rockets have won two NBA Championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was founded in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, but moved to Houston ahead of the start of the 1971-72 NBA season. The 1980-1981 Rockets made a run to the NBA Finals despite posting a losing record in the regular season (having finished 40-42). They were defeated in the finals by the Boston Celtics in six games. In the 1985-1986 season, the Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, where they were again matched up against the Boston Celtics, where the Celtics once again defeated the Rockets in six games. The Rockets did not experience playoff success again until 1992-93 season, when under coach Rudy Tomjanovich, a former Rockets player, they won the Midwest Division. The next two seasons would mark the golden era of Rockets basketball. In the 1993-94 season, the Rockets won a then-franchise record 58 games and went on to defeat the New York Knicks in seven games to win their first NBA Championship. The team got off to a slow start in the 1994-95 season, but went on a strong run in the playoffs that culminated in sweeping the Orlando Magic in four games to claim their second consecutive NBA title.
Where Do The Houston Rockets Play Their Home Games?
The Toyota Center is located in downtown Houston and has been home to the Houston Rockets since it opened back in 2003. Before 2003, the Houston Rockets had played in The Summit, which was located in a different part of the city. Toyota has been the arena’s sponsor since the arena opened, and its logo is on the roof of the building, which makes it a prominent focal point in aerial shots during televised broadcasts. The Toyota Center has a capacity of 18,055 for a basketball game. The Toyota Center has 2,900 Club Seats, which are located mid-court on the lower level and feature upscale concessions and wide seats. There are additional private Clubs for courtside seat holders such as the Lexus Lounge and Golden Nugget Club. In 2012, the Toyota Center installed a large four panel scoreboard, which is the largest indoor video board in the U.S. The Toyota Center also hosts concerts and other large events.
How To Get To A Houston Rockets Game
The Toyota Center is conveniently located in Downtown Houston. The adjacent Toyota Tundra garage provides 2,500 dedicated parking spaces. There is also a dedicated Uber zone for drop-off and pickup in front of the arena’s Bell St. Entrance. Additionally, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County operates several routes near the Toyota Center for access via public transportation.
When Do Gates Open for Houston Rockets Games?
For weekday games, gates open one hour before tip-off, and for weekend games, gates open 1.5 hours before tip-off.
What Is The Gameday Experience Like For A Houston Rockets Game?
The downtown location means there are ample options for food and drinks before entering the Toyota Center. And with the purchase of the Rockets by restauranteur Tilman Fertitta, Landry’s concepts have become available inside the arena itself. Section 114 is home to the Red Rowdies, a group of Rockets superfans created in 2006 that are well known for banging drums, wearing costumes, and chanting. The Clutch City Dancers are one of the most well-known professional dancing teams in the NBA and perform on the court during breaks. The Rockets also have one of the most famous mascots in the NBA, Clutch the Bear, who was introduced in 1995 and inducted into the mascot Hall of Fame in 2006. Outside section 414 on the upper concourse are the Legend Lockers, which have replica lockers displaying jerseys, shoes, and photos of some of the Rockets’ all-time great players. Also on the upper level is the Children’s Memorial Hermann Sky Court, which has plenty of games for kids to play, including skee ball and pop-a-shot.
Houston Rockets Promotion and Event Nights
The Rockets typically have several promotional giveaways during the season, such as bobblehead nights, scattered throughout the schedule.
Houston Rockets All-Time Greats
Hakeem Olajuwon is the greatest player in Rockets franchise history. In his 17 seasons with the team, he led the Rockets to two NBA Championships and won a Most Valuable Player award in 1993-94 He was also a 12-time NBA All-Star and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Moses Malone is another Houston great who joined the Rockets ahead of the 1976-77 season. He made his first NBA All-Star team the following season, and it was the first of five consecutive All-Star teams he would make with the Rockets. During the 1978-79 season, he won his first Most Valuable Player award. He led the Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals where they lost to the Boston Celtics in six games. In the 1981-82 season, Malone averaged over 30 points per game and claimed his second league MVP award. Yao Ming was a franchise center who was selected first overall in the NBA Draft by Houston in 2002. Yao was an 8-time NBA All-Star, and he was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. James Harden was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 2012 season and quickly became one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. During his time with the Rockets, he led the league in scoring three times, assists once, and earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2018. He was named an NBA All-Star for eight consecutive seasons from 2013-2020.
Houston Rockets Current Star Players
John Wall is a former #1 overall pick by the Washington Wizards who was acquired by the Rockets in December 2020 in exchange for fellow point guard Russell Westbrook. For his career, Wall has averaged 19.0 ppg, 9.2 apg, and 4.3 rpg, which puts him in the elite company of Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only players with career averages of at least 19.0, 9.0 apg, and 4.0 rpg. His 9.2 assists per game rank him sixth all-time in NBA history and he has been named an All-Star five times.