BBVA Compass Stadium
"The Oven"
Location2200 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77003
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Broke ground5 February 2011
Opened12 May 2012
OwnerHarris County - Houston Sports Authority
OperatorAnschutz Entertainment Group
SurfaceBermuda grass[1]
Construction cost$95 million
Project ManagerHarris County - Houston Sports Authority/ICON Venue
Structural engineerWalter P. Moore[1]
General ContractorManhattan Construction Company[2]
Field dimensions115 × 70 yards[3]
Houston Dynamo (MLS) (2012–present)
Texas Southern Tigers (NCAA) (2012–present)
IRB Women's Sevens World Series (2013-2015)

BBVA Compass Stadium is an American soccer-specific stadium located in Houston, Texas that is home to the Houston Dynamo, a Major League Soccer club, and to Texas Southern Tigers football. The project is the result of combined commitments of $35.5 million from the city of Houston and $60 million from the Houston Dynamo. Harris County agreed to pay for half of the land in exchange for the ability to jointly own the stadium after its completion date in May 2012.[4] BBVA Compass, a subsidiary of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, is the stadium's sponsor company.

The stadium is located on a tract of land bordered by Texas, Walker, Dowling and Hutchins in East Downtown and east of U.S. Route 59 and Downtown Houston.[5][6]

Construction history: 2009-2011Edit


In June 2009, negotiations and financing began to fall into place with construction of the stadium originally beginning as early as Fall 2009. Banks and investors were in the books to finance the project and only minor details were being worked out.[7] Various locations the Dynamo were interested in building a stadium since their arrival were the former Astroworld site, Pearland, Sugar Land, and Northeast Houston near the Lake Houston area.[7]

On January 26, 2010, the Houston Dynamo franchise had expressed an interest in a proposed Script error parcel for the stadium location at South Rice Avenue and Westpark Drive—adjacent to Bellaire's city limits, and near the southwest corner of the U.S. Highway 59 and the Interstate 610 interchange.[1] Two days later, the Mayor of Bellaire, Cindy Seigel said that she would use whatever power she could to oppose the possible new location and is in communication with the developer to dissuade him. She acknowledges that considering that the land is in Houston's city limits and only abuts her city, the odds are slim and said in an open letter to Midway:

Fans on the north and east side of Houston will have difficulty in getting to this site. Additionally, this site does not have the infrastructure in place to serve it that already exists at other athletic facilities downtown or at Reliant Park.[2]

The highly populated and heavily Hispanic area of Gulfton is within proximity, although former Council member Pam Holm stated that ethnic considerations should not be key to choosing a stadium location: “To position this as a Hispanic sport and say the stadium has to be in proximity to Hispanic neighborhoods doesn’t do it justice, the Dynamo is something that all citizens of Houston have so embraced.”[3] On April 7, 2010, The Houston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday that is expected to pave the way for a new stadium for the Houston Dynamo and the Texas Southern University football team, which is expected to be on a tract of land bordered by Texas, Walker, Dowling and Hutchins in East Downtown and east of U.S. Route 59 and Downtown Houston.[4][5] On April 13, 2010, Harris County commissioners voted unanimously to begin construction of the new Dynamo stadium east of downtown,[6] clearing the way for construction sometime in February 2011.

Oliver Luck, at the time President and General Manager of the Dynamo, announced the financing, architect, and project manager for the new stadium. He announced Populous had been chosen to design and build the stadium. Populous, one of the world's leading sports architecture firms, had previously built three other major venues in the city—Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium, and the Toyota Center,[7] and internationally designed soccer stadia including Wembley Stadium (London), Emirates Stadium (London), Soccer City (Johannesburg), and Aviva Stadium (Dublin).

On February 5, 2011, the Houston Dynamo, led by Houston mayor Annise Parker and Harris County Judge Ed Emmitt, broke ground on the Houston Dynamo Stadium site. Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti strongly expressed that the stadium will be ready by April 2012.[8]


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Construction on BBVA Compass Stadium led to the Houston Dynamo's decision to play their first 7 games of the 2012 Major League Soccer season on the road. Their first match at the stadium was played on May 12, 2012 when they defeated DC United by a score of 1-0. The lone goal came from Brad Davis from 35 yards out which beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid. The win happened in front of a capacity crowd of 22,039 and would mark the beginning of what would be an unbeaten year for the Dynamo at home, posting a year-end home record of 11-0-6.

BBVA Compass Stadium became home to several international. The first was between New Zealand and El Salvador for the BBVA Compass Content Series on May 23, 2012. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. The first FIFA Qualifier match was played between Mexico and Guyana on October 12, 2012. Mexico won the match, 5-0.

The United States WNT made their return to Houston after over 8 years. The USWNT played to a 4-0 win over China PR on December 12, 2012.

The United States MNT also made their return to Houston since the Semifinals of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 22, 2011 at Reliant Stadium. The USMNT played Canada on January 29, 2013 with the game ending in a scoreless draw.

The Houston Dynamo broke the Major League Soccer record for longest unbeaten run at home on April 14, 2013 after defeating the Chicago Fire 2-1 behind Brad Davis' assist to Will Bruin in the 26th minute and goal in the 81st minute. The win extended the record to 35 games.


BBVA Compass Stadium played host to the 2012 Italian Tour of the Americas which saw the USA Eagles play Italy to a 30-10 loss. Despite the loss, the Eagles returned to BBVA Compass Stadium to play a mid-year rugby test match against Ireland on June 8, 2013; the Eagles lost 15-12 despite setting a new record for largest crowd for the Eagles on home soil when 20,181 fans packed the stadium. BBVA Compass Stadium also holds the record for second highest attendance for the Eagles on home soil with 17,214 against Italy on June 23, 2012.

BBVA Compass Stadium played host to the 2012–13 IRB Women's Sevens World Series in the Houston leg of the series and will continue to do so through 2015 when rugby is reintroduced at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The United States finished the Houston leg as runner-ups to England after losing 29-12 in the Final.

American footballEdit

BBVA Compass Stadium plays host to local high school football games and Texas Southern University football games.



The Stadium has a capacity of 22,039 seats, including 34 private suites, 1,100 club seats, Premium Club, dedicated supporters stand, and food court.[1] The stadium is designed to accommodate MLS and FIFA standard international soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, and concerts.

Architecturally, the stadium will feature a faceted facade of expanded metal mesh with orange polycarbonate enclosed entrances and spectator facilities that reflects the industrial heritage of the East Downtown location. The stadium architect, Christopher Lee of Populous, stated that, “We set out to design the perfect urban soccer stadium: tight, atmospheric, and intimate.”[2] Christopher Lee was the designer of the famed Emirates Stadium in London, England, and his design brings European stadium traditions of intimate and atmospheric soccer specific stadia to MLS.[3] The $95m stadium construction cost makes the BBVA Compass Stadium the most cost-effective of modern soccer-specific stadiums, with recent venues like the Red Bull Arena costing $200 million,[4] Rio Tinto Stadium costing $110 million,[5] and PPL Park costing $115 million.[6]

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On December 13, 2011, BBVA Compass, an international bank with dozens of branches in Houston, signed a 10-year, $20 million naming rights deal. BBVA Compass is also a title sponsor of Spain's vaunted soccer league, La Liga.


On December 10, 2012, BBVA Compass Stadium received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The stadium received the award for its innovative construction and sustainable design. Notable achievements during the stadium's construction process included diverting 86.85 percent of on-site generated construction waste to landfills, reducing water use by 41 percent from the installation of high-energy toilets, reducing energy use by 20.41 percent, using 98.42 percent of the wood-based building materials from certified forests and providing preferred parking spaces for fuel-efficient low-emissions vehicles.


On March 22, 2012, AEG Facilities-managed BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo announced that Levy Restaurants will be the official restaurant partner.

Accessibility and transportationEdit

Once the METRORail Green line is completed, fans will be able to access the stadium from the Bastrop Station, Taxi, Buses, street, and garage parking nearby. The stadium is located southeast of Minute Maid Park—within the East Downtown district (which is undergoing revitalization efforts) and east of Downtown Houston.

First gameEdit

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Before the official Opening Day against D.C. United on May 12, 2012, the Dynamo hosted a friendly prior to the home opener. The first soccer game took place on May 10, 2012 with an exhibition game between the Houston Dynamo Academy and the United States U-17 Men's team.

Final score HOU 1 – 0 DCU
Opening day attendance 22,036^
First kickoff D.C. United
First shot D.C. United
First goal Brad Davis (HOU) (67')[note 1]
First assist André Hainault (HOU) (67')
First substitution Stephen King for Perry Kitchen (DCU) (28')
First yellow card Jermaine Taylor (HOU) (45+1')
First red card None
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Initial recordsEdit

Statistic Date Player(s)/Team(s)
First game May 10, 2012 Houston Dynamo Academy 0 – 3 United States U-17 Men's
First goal May 10, 2012 Ahinga Selemani (USA)
First goal (regular season) May 12, 2012 Brad Davis (HOU)
First goal (playoffs)[note 2] November 4, 2012 Adam Moffat (HOU)[note 3]


  1. Brad Davis is one of two original Dynamo players from the 2006 season when the San Jose Earthquakes players and management moved to Houston; the other is Brian Ching
  2. 2012 MLS Cup PlayoffsEastern Conference Semifinals: 1st Leg (vs Sporting Kansas City)
  3. Goal was scored in the 18th minute (assisted by Will Bruin)


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