Sports in Texas

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Texas is home of several national sports league franchises among other professional sports, being the second most populated U.S. state. Since the state is located in the South Central United States, most teams are part of the Central / South or West league divisions, with the notable exception of the NFL Dallas Cowboys, which is an NFC East franchise.

Major league professional teams[edit]

Texas is home to 11 major league sports teams and two major women's teams.

Club Sport Founded[a] League Venue (capacity)
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Austin FC
Soccer 2021 Major League Soccer Q2 Stadium (20,500)
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Dallas Cowboys
Football 1960 National Football League AT&T Stadium (80,000)
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Dallas Mavericks
Basketball 1980 National Basketball Association American Airlines Center (19,200)
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Dallas Stars
Ice hockey 1993 National Hockey League American Airlines Center (18,532)
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Dallas Wings
Basketball 2016 Women's National Basketball Association College Park Center (7,000)
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FC Dallas
Soccer 1996 Major League Soccer Toyota Stadium (20,500)
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Houston Astros
Baseball 1962 Major League Baseball Minute Maid Park (41,168)
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Houston Dash
Soccer 2014 National Women's Soccer League BBVA Stadium (7,000)[b]
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Houston Dynamo
Soccer 2006 Major League Soccer BBVA Stadium (22,039)
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Houston Rockets
Basketball 1971 National Basketball Association Toyota Center (18,055)
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Houston Texans
Football 2002 National Football League NRG Stadium (71,795)
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San Antonio Spurs
Basketball 1967 National Basketball Association AT&T Center (18,418)
Texas Rangers
Baseball 1972 Major League Baseball Globe Life Field (40,000)
  1. ^ Year team began play in Texas
  2. ^ Artificially reduced capacity.

American football[edit]

Tony Romo, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys

Many Texans are passionate about American football and intensely follow high school and college football teams, which often dominate social and leisure activity. Professional football is also intensely popular in Texas, and the state is home to two National Football League (NFL) franchises, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. In addition to the Cowboys and Texans, two current NFL teams previously played in the state, and one now-defunct NFL team also called the state home.

The Dallas Cowboys, founded in 1960, are one of the most popular teams in the league and have fans in many parts of the United States, leading to the nickname "America's Team". They are also one of the most successful, having reached eight Super Bowls and won five (tied with the San Francisco 49ers for second all-time). The Cowboys play their home games at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, into which they moved in 2009 after having spent 38 years at Texas Stadium in Irving.

The first major-league sports team in Texas was also an NFL franchise—the Dallas Texans, which joined the league in 1952. The team's first game, however, proved to be a harbinger for the season—a 24–6 loss in front of fewer than 18,000 fans in the then-75,000-seat Cotton Bowl. Home attendance continued to slump, dropping to 10,000 for a loss that left the team 0–7. The team owners, unable to make payroll, returned the Texans to the league, and the team played the rest of the 1952 season as a traveling team, never returning to Texas. After the season, the NFL folded the Texans, making them the last NFL team to permanently cease operations.

In the same year that the Cowboys entered the NFL, the American Football League (AFL) began operations with two teams in the state—the Dallas Texans and Houston Oilers. The new Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the Cowboys, while the Oilers played at Jeppesen Stadium (now the site of the University of Houston's TDECU Stadium). The Texans and Cowboys shared the city and stadium through the 1962 season; while the Texans enjoyed more on-field success, including an AFL title in 1962, the team's owner Lamar Hunt concluded that Dallas could not support two professional football teams and moved the Texans to Kansas City, Missouri, where they play to this day as the Kansas City Chiefs. The Oilers moved from Jeppesen Stadium to the larger Rice Stadium after the 1964 season, and then joined baseball's Houston Astros at the Astrodome in 1968. Two years later, the merger that the AFL and NFL had agreed to in 1966 took effect, with all AFL franchises being incorporated into the NFL. The Oilers remained at the Astrodome into the 1990s, but the failure of team owner Bud Adams to reach an agreement with the city on a new stadium led to his moving the franchise to Nashville, Tennessee, where it was renamed the Tennessee Titans.

The NFL returned to Houston in 2002 with the debut of the current Texans, who play their home games at NRG Stadium, the first NFL stadium with a retractable roof.

In 2020, the Dallas Renegades and Houston Roughnecks launched as inaugural teams in the new XFL.[1]


Nolan Ryan has pitched for both the Astros and Rangers.

Baseball has a strong presence in Texas, with two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. The Houston Astros started playing in 1962. The Texas Rangers debuted in 1972 after relocating from Washington, D.C. In 2005, the Astros became the first team in Texas to make it to the World Series. The Rangers followed the Astros in 2010 to their first World Series and the following year as well. In 2017, the Astros became the first team in Texas to win the World Series.

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is also closely followed in Texas—especially in the smaller metropolitan areas. As of the 2021 reorganization of MiLB, three teams play in Triple-A West, the effective successor to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League: the El Paso Chihuahuas, Round Rock Express, and Sugar Land Skeeters. Five teams play in Double-A Central, the de facto successor to the Texas League: the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Corpus Christi Hooks, Frisco RoughRiders, Midland RockHounds, and San Antonio Missions. The Fort Worth Cats were a team in Fort Worth that won three-straight championships in independent leagues, one in the Central Baseball League and the last two in the American Association.

College baseball is also quite popular, as Texas A&M University, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, and Texas Christian University have all made multiple College World Series appearances.


Tim Duncan, a five time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs.

Basketball is also popular, and Texas hosts three NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets, and the Dallas Mavericks. All three have won championships, however the Spurs having won at least 50 games for 18 consecutive seasons and winning 5 NBA championships, are arguably the best professional franchise in Texas sports and are considered one of the best NBA franchises in history. The Houston Rockets did however distinguish themselves as the first team in Texas to win an NBA Championship.

Texas is home to one WNBA team, the Dallas Wings, which relocated from Tulsa, Oklahoma after the 2015 season. The state had two other WNBA teams, the Houston Comets and San Antonio Stars. The Comets, a founding member of the WNBA, won the league's first four championships (1997–2000), but folded after the 2008 season. The Stars were also a founding member of the WNBA as the Salt Lake City-based Utah Starzz, and moved to San Antonio when the team was bought by the Spurs' parent company, Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SSE), before the 2003 season. The team then took the identity of San Antonio Silver Stars, dropping the word "Silver" after the 2013 season. After the 2017 season, SSE sold the Stars to MGM Resorts International, which moved the team to Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Aces.

At the collegiate level, the state is home to two NCAA Division I Men's Championship teams: the Texas Western Miners (now UTEP Miners) team, who won the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament (the historic predecessor to today's Division I men's tournament), and the Baylor Bears, who won the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In women's collegiate basketball, several teams have won championships, including the Texas Tech Lady Raiders, Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, and Baylor Lady Bears.

Horse racing[edit]

From 1905–1915, people in Dallas and Fort Worth turned out by the thousands for horse racing, which was usually tied to the state fair schedule. Dallas established a Jockey Club early on. The Fort Worth Driving Club (for owners of Standardbred trotters and pacers) had 101 members when it opened in 1905. Trotters raced at a park in Fort Worth, but both cities attracted thousands of people for each style of racing.[2]

Lone Star Park, in the Dallas–Fort Worth suburb of Grand Prairie, hosted the Breeders' Cup, the climax to the American Thoroughbred racing season, in 2004.

Ice hockey[edit]

Dallas Stars center Mike Modano in 2006

Ice hockey has been a growing participatory sport in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL) became the Dallas Stars in 1993. The Stars made the Stanley Cup playoffs their first year in Dallas and remained competitive through the rest of decade, culminating in a Stanley Cup championship in 1999. The team returned to the Stanley Cup Finals the next year, only to lose to the New Jersey Devils. In addition to the 1999 Stanley Cup and 2000 Western Conference championship, the team has also won two President's Trophies as the NHL's regular-season points champion and seven division titles.

Prior to the advent of the Stars, top-tier professional ice hockey existed in Texas in the form of the Houston Aeros, who played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1973 to 1978. The team was notable for featuring hockey legend Gordie Howe, who was lured out of retirement by the prospect of playing alongside his sons, Mark and Marty. Led by the Howes, the Aeros won back-to-back Avco World Trophies as the WHA champions in 1974 and 1975. The Aeros folded after they failed to gain admission into the NHL, first as part of a merger between the WHA and NHL and then as an expansion team.

Minor league professional hockey has also become popular in the last several decades. The Houston Huskies played in the old United States Hockey League (USHL) and won its championship in 1948, led by legendary NHL coach Toe Blake. In 1994, Houston received a franchise in the International Hockey League (IHL), which was named the Aeros after the city's old WHA side. The new Aeros won the IHL's Turner Cup in 1999. In 2001, the team transferred to the American Hockey League (AHL) after the IHL's demise; it won the AHL's Calder Cup in 2003 and reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2011. The AHL has established two more teams in Texas since that time – the San Antonio Rampage (owned by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and affiliated with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche) began play in 2002, and the Texas Stars (an AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars based in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park), began play seven years later. In 2013 the Aeros would leave Texas to become the Iowa Wild.

Between 1992 and 2014, the Central Hockey League had fifteen different teams based in Texas and as many as nine from 2002 to 2005. However, by the CHL's final season, only the Allen Americans remained. The Americans joined the ECHL in 2014 and went on to win the championship in their first season in the league.


Brian Mullan of the Houston Dynamo during the 2008 Western Conference Semifinals.

The old North American Soccer League had teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Houston, and in San Antonio. The Dallas Tornado played between 1968–1981, the Houston Stars played for one season in 1968, and the San Antonio Thunder played for two seasons, 1975–1976. Houston returned to the league in 1978 as the Hurricanes and played until 1980. Soccer returned to Texas with the 1994 FIFA World Cup with the Cotton Bowl hosting matches.

In 1996, the Dallas Burn was born as one of 10 founding members of Major League Soccer, which is the current Division 1 professional soccer league overseen by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The Dallas Burn were later renamed FC Dallas with a new logo and colors, and now play in a soccer-specific stadium called Toyota Stadium in Frisco. A second Texas team, Houston Dynamo FC, joined MLS in 2006 (with "FC" added to the club branding in 2020). The Dynamo won the MLS Cup in their first year in Houston, and again in their second year in 2007. Dynamo FC now plays at BBVA Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium near downtown Houston. Texas received its third MLS team in 2021 with the arrival of Austin FC. The city had originally been planned as the future home of the Columbus Crew, but the move proved controversial, triggering lawsuits by the city of Columbus and state of Ohio. The dispute was settled with an investment group led by the owners of the Cleveland Browns buying the Crew, while former Crew owner Anthony Precourt received a new Austin team.

Before the Austin FC deal was finalized, MLS Commissioner Don Garber had stated publicly that a third city in Texas—either San Antonio or Austin—was under consideration for a possible MLS expansion franchise. At that time, only San Antonio had a professional minor league soccer team; San Antonio FC play in the second-tier USL Championship, but another Texas team, Austin Bold FC, joined in 2019. Bold FC effectively replaced the Austin Aztex, which joined the USL Championship in 2015, when the competition was known as the United Soccer League, but only played one season. The Aztex went on hiatus while seeking to build a new stadium, but eventually folded after being unable to secure a site. Eventually, a new deal for a stadium on the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas emerged, clearing the way for Bold FC to join the league. Texas has two additional teams in the USL Championship—Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, which began play in 2016 as the reserve side of the Dynamo, and El Paso Locomotive FC, which started play in 2019. Another professional team, North Texas SC, began play in 2019 as the reserve side of FC Dallas, playing in the newly launched third-level USL League One.

In 2014, the Houston Dash, owned and operated by Dynamo FC and also playing in BBVA Stadium, joined the National Women's Soccer League, the country's current top-level women's league.[3]


Originally, most Texas Division I universities were part of the Southwest Conference until it dissolved in 1996. The twelve schools whose football teams compete at the Division I FBS level are the Baylor Bears, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, and Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference; the Texas A&M Aggies of the Southeastern Conference; the SMU Mustangs and Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference; the North Texas Mean Green, Rice Owls, UTEP Miners, and UTSA Roadrunners of Conference USA; and the Texas State Bobcats of the Sun Belt Conference. Texas has the most FBS schools in the United States.

According to a survey of Division I FBS coaches, the rivalry between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin, the Red River Shootout, ranks the third best in the nation.[4] A fierce rivalry, the Lone Star Showdown, also exists between the two state's largest universities, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. This athletic rivalry has been put on hold after the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. The SMU Mustangs and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs have a rivalry called the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The Houston–Rice rivalry exists between the University of Houston and Rice University with a large focus on the Bayou Bucket Classic.

Texas is home to many other Division I programs with football teams competing in Division I FCS. These include the Abilene Christian Wildcats, Lamar Cardinals, Sam Houston Bearkats, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and Tarleton Texans of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC); the Houston Baptist Huskies and Incarnate Word Cardinals of the Southland Conference; and the Prairie View A&M Panthers and Texas Southern Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The WAC, which had shut down its FBS football league after the 2012 season, following the departure of nearly all of its football schools, reinstated football at the FCS level in July 2021, coinciding with the arrival of Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin from the Southland. Rivalries include the Battle of the Piney Woods between Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin and another between Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.

In addition, the state has three Division I programs that do not sponsor football—the Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders of the Southland Conference, the UT Arlington Mavericks of the Sun Belt Conference, and the UTRGV Vaqueros of the WAC. UTRGV has announced plans to establish an FCS football program no later than 2024.

Collegiate teams nationwide see Texas as an American football recruiting hotbed. In 2006, 170 players in the NFL came from Texas high schools.[5]

School Nickname Division Conference(s)
Abilene Christian University Wildcats NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
Baylor University Bears and Lady Bears NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
University of Houston Cougars NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference
Houston Baptist University Huskies NCAA Division I Southland Conference
University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals NCAA Division I Southland Conference
Lamar University Cardinals and Lady Cardinals NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
University of North Texas Mean Green NCAA Division I Conference USA
Prairie View A&M University Panthers and Lady Panthers NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference
Rice University Owls NCAA Division I Conference USA
Sam Houston State University (Sam Houston) Bearkats NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference
Stephen F. Austin State University (Stephen F. Austin) Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
Tarleton State University (Tarleton) Texans NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
University of Texas at Austin (Texas) Longhorns NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
Texas A&M University Aggies NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders NCAA Division I Southland Conference
Texas Southern University Tigers NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference
Texas State University Bobcats NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference
Texas Tech University Red Raiders NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) Mavericks NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners NCAA Division I Conference USA
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners NCAA Division I Conference USA

High school[edit]

Most primary and secondary school athletic, music, and academic contests in Texas involving public schools are organized and administered by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).[6] As a general rule, the UIL only governs public schools. Private schools are governed by other bodies, the largest of which is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Both bodies have similar governing scope, although some terminology differs. The TAPPS category of "fine arts" encompasses what UIL calls "academic" and "music" competitions, and also includes competitions for spirit squads (i.e., cheerleading and dance teams), which UIL does not sponsor (other bodies govern cheer/dance competitions among public schools).


Sheryl Crow at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Texans also enjoy going to the rodeo. The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the world. The event begins with trail rides that originate from several points throughout the state, all of which convene at Reliant Park. The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas has a cowboy, and a Mexican and many traditional rodeos. The State Fair of Texas is held in Dallas, Texas each year at Fair Park.


Gymnastics in Texas is very popular and is one of the largest states for the sport in the country. Multiple Olympians and World Champions have come out of the state including; Nastia Liukin (2008 Olympic AA Champion), Carly Patterson (2004 Olympic AA Champion) and Simone Biles (2013, 2014, and 2015 World AA Champion and 2016 Olympic all-around champion). Madison Kocian (2015 world uneven bars champion).

There are many gymnastics clubs in Texas but the top facilities include World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (Plano & Frisco), Texas Dreams Gymnastics (Coppell) and Metroplex Gymnastics (Allen).

The Women's U.S. National Gymnastics Training Center had been just outside Houston, at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, from 2001 to 2018,[7] when Karolyi Ranch closed permanently in the wake of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal.

Plano, Texas is considered the "gymnastics capital of the world" because of the gymnastics academy, WOGA.


Texas hosts five PGA Tour golf tournaments: WGC Match Play, Houston Open, Texas Open, Byron Nelson Classic, and Colonial National Invitational. Other professional tournaments in the state are the North Texas LPGA Shootout and the Insperity Invitational. Notable Texan golfers include Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Jordan Spieth, Lee Trevino, and Kathy Whitworth.


The state is home to motorsport venues such as the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, which hosts NASCAR and IndyCar races, and the Texas World Speedway in College Station. The Circuit of the Americas near Austin hosts the United States Grand Prix in Formula One and the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas in MotoGP.

Texas Motorplex and Houston Raceway Park dragstrips host rounds of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Dallas and Houston have hosted street races, the Dallas Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Houston, as well as AMA Supercross Championship rounds.

Auto racing is also the second most watched sport on TV in the state,[citation needed] behind American football. NASCAR races tend to do well in Texas media markets than NBA games.[citation needed]


Major esports organizations located in Texas:

Organization Location
Team EnVy Dallas
compLexity Gaming Frisco
Clutch Gaming Houston
Mavs Gaming Dallas
Houston Outlaws Houston
Dallas Fuel Dallas

Other sports[edit]

Another popular sport in Texas is year-round fishing. Lacrosse, originally played by some of the indigenous tribes, is growing in popularity.

Notable professional league and amateur teams[edit]

Club Sport League
Allen Americans Ice hockey ECHL
Alpine Cowboys Baseball Pecos League
Amarillo Bulls Junior ice hockey North American Hockey League
Amarillo Sod Poodles Baseball Double-A Central
Amarillo Venom Indoor football Champions Indoor Football
Austin Bold FC Soccer USL Championship[a]
Austin Gilgronis Rugby union Major League Rugby
Austin Spurs Basketball NBA G League
Cleburne Railroaders Baseball American Association
Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball Double-A Central
Corpus Christi IceRays Junior ice hockey North American Hockey League
El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball Triple-A West
El Paso Locomotive FC Soccer USL Championship[a]
Fort Worth NLL team Box lacrosse National Lacrosse League
Frisco RoughRiders Baseball Double-A Central
Houston Energy Football Independent Women's Football League
Houston SaberCats Rugby union Major League Rugby
Lone Star Brahmas Junior ice hockey North American Hockey League
Midland RockHounds Baseball Double-A Central
North Texas SC Soccer USL League One
Odessa Jackalopes Junior ice hockey North American Hockey League
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Soccer USL Championship[a]
Rio Grande Valley Vipers Basketball NBA G League
Round Rock Express Baseball Triple-A West
San Antonio FC Soccer USL Championship[a]
San Antonio Missions[b] Baseball Double-A Central
Sugar Land Skeeters Baseball Triple-A West
Texas Legends Basketball NBA G League
Texas Stars Ice hockey American Hockey League
  1. ^ a b c d Renamed from United Soccer League after the 2018 season.
  2. ^ Played as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox until the 2018 season.

Stadiums and arenas[edit]

Stadium City Capacity Type Tenant(s) Opened
Kyle Field College Station 102,512 Football Texas A&M Aggies 1927
Texas Memorial Stadium[8] Austin 100,119 Football Texas Longhorns 1924
Cotton Bowl Dallas 92,100 Football Red River Rivalry, State Fair Classic, First Responder Bowl 1930
AT&T Stadium Arlington 80,000 Football Dallas Cowboys, Cotton Bowl Classic 2009
NRG Stadium Houston 71,500 Football Houston Texans, Texas Bowl 2002
Rice Stadium Houston 47,000 Football Rice Owls 1950
Alamodome San Antonio 65,000 Football UTSA Roadrunners, Alamo Bowl,
U.S. Army All-American Bowl, San Antonio Commanders
Jones AT&T Stadium Lubbock 61,000 Football Texas Tech Red Raiders 1947
Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 51,500 Football UTEP Miners and Sun Bowl 1963
Globe Life Park Arlington 46,100 Football, soccer[a] Dallas Renegades, North Texas SC 1994[b]
McLane Stadium Waco 45,140 Football Baylor Bears 2014
Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 44,008 Football TCU Horned Frogs, Armed Forces Bowl 1930
Minute Maid Park[9] Houston 40,950 Baseball Houston Astros 2000
Globe Life Field Arlington 40,000 Baseball Texas Rangers 2020
TDECU Stadium Houston 40,000 Football Houston Cougars, Houston Roughnecks 2014
Gerald J. Ford Stadium University Park 32,000 Football SMU Mustangs 2000
Apogee Stadium Denton 30,850 Football North Texas Mean Green 2011
Bobcat Stadium San Marcos 30,000 Football Texas State Bobcats 1981
BBVA Stadium Houston 22,000 Soccer, football Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, Texas Southern Tigers 2012
Toyota Stadium Frisco 20,500 Soccer, football FC Dallas, NCAA Division I Football Championship Game (FCS), high school football 2005
Memorial Stadium Mesquite 20,000 Football High schools 1977
Kimbrough Memorial Stadium Canyon 20,000 Football West Texas A&M Buffaloes, high schools 1959
American Airlines Center Dallas 19,200 Arena Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars 2001
AT&T Center San Antonio 18,581 Arena San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio Rampage 2002
Alamo Stadium San Antonio 18,500 Football High schools 1940
Farrington Field Fort Worth 18,500 Football High schools 1939
Toyota Center Houston 18,055 Arena Houston Rockets 2003
Eagle Stadium Allen 18,000 Football High schools 2012
Grande Communications Stadium Midland 18,000 Football, soccer High schools, Midland-Odessa FC 2002
Ratliff Stadium Odessa 17,500 Football High schools, UT–Permian Basin Falcons 1982
Frank Erwin Center Austin 16,734 Arena Texas Longhorns 1977
Stallworth Stadium Baytown 16,500 Football High schools 1969
Provost Umphrey Stadium Beaumont 16,000 Football Lamar Cardinals 1964
United Supermarkets Arena Lubbock 15,098 Arena Texas Tech Red Raiders and Lady Raiders 1999
Shotwell Stadium Abilene 15,075 Football High schools 1959
Dick Bivins Stadium Amarillo 15,000 Football High schools 1950
Javelina Stadium Kingsville 15,000 Football Texas A&M–Kingsville Javelinas 1950
John Kincaide Stadium Dallas 15,000 Football High schools 2005
Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field Prairie View 15,000 Football Prairie View A&M Panthers 2016
Homer Bryce Stadium Nacogdoches 14,575 Football Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 1973
Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls 14,500 Football Midwestern State Mustangs, high schools 1970
John Clark Stadium Plano 14,442 Football High schools 1977
McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium McAllen 13,500 Football High schools 1976
Reed Arena College Station 12,989 Arena Texas A&M Aggies 1998
Bowers Stadium Huntsville 12,593 Football Sam Houston State Bearkats 1986
Irving Schools Stadium Irving 12,500 Football High schools N/A
Pennington Field Bedford 12,500 Football High schools 1987
Veterans Memorial Stadium Pasadena 12,500 Football High schools 1965
Don Haskins Center El Paso 12,222 Arena UTEP Miners 1977
Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium Abilene 12,000 Football Abilene Christian Wildcats 2017
C. H. Collins Athletic Complex Denton 12,000 Football High schools 2004
Canutillo Stadium Canutillo 12,000 Football High schools 2005
The Ford Center at The Star Frisco 12,000 Football Dallas Cowboys practice facility, high schools 2017
Herman Clark Stadium Fort Worth 12,000 Football High schools 1970
Legacy Stadium Katy 12,000 Football High schools 2017
Maverick Stadium Arlington 12,000 Football UT Arlington Mavericks track, high schools 1980
McKinney ISD Stadium McKinney 12,000 Football High schools 2018
Memorial Stadium Commerce 11,582 Football Texas A&M–Commerce Lions, high schools 1950
Heroes Stadium San Antonio 11,122 Football High schools 2009
Bobby Morrow Stadium San Benito 11,000 Football High schools 2006
Cy-Fair FCU Stadium Cypress 11,000 Football High schools 2006
Dragon Stadium Southlake 11,000 Football High schools 2001
Ken Pridgeon Stadium Cypress 11,000 Football High schools 1977
SISD Student Activities Complex El Paso 11,000 Football High schools 2000
Dr Pepper Ballpark Frisco 10,600 Baseball Frisco RoughRiders 2003
Dub Farris Stadium San Antonio 10,568 Football High schools N/A
Hopper Field Freeport 10,478 Football High schools 1949
Galena Park ISD Stadium Houston 10,300 Football High schools 2002
Ferrell Center Waco 10,284 Arena Baylor Bears and Lady Bears 1988
Montagne Center Beaumont 10,080 Arena Lamar Cardinals and Lady Cardinals 1984
Tiger Stadium Corsicana 10,001 Football Navarro Bulldogs, High schools, Corsicana Bowl 2006
Challenger Columbia Stadium League City 10,000 Football High schools 2016
W.W. Thorne Stadium Houston 10,000 Football High schools 1979
Tom Kimbrough Stadium Plano 9,800 Football High schools 2003
UNT Coliseum Denton 9,797 Arena North Texas Mean Green 1973
H-E-B Park Edinburg 9,735 Soccer Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 2017
Woodforest Bank Stadium Shenandoah 9,600 Football High schools 2008
Lumpkins Stadium Waxahachie 9,500 Football SWAG Lions, high schools 1972
Wolff Stadium San Antonio 9,500 Baseball San Antonio Missions 1994
Southwest University Park El Paso 9,500 Baseball, soccer El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC 2014
Pearland Stadium Pearland 9,200 Football High schools 2001
Ford Arena Beaumont 9,100 Arena Oxford City FC of Texas 2003
Memorial Stadium Stephenville 9,000 Football Tarleton State Texans, high schools 1977
Dell Diamond Round Rock 8,688 Baseball, rugby Round Rock Express, Austin Herd 2000
Schollmaier Arena Fort Worth 8,500 Arena TCU Horned Frogs 1961
Student Activity Complex Laredo 8,500 Football High schools 2004
Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium Rockwall 8,330 Football High schools 1975
Toyota Field San Antonio 8,296 Soccer San Antonio FC 2013
Veterans Memorial Stadium League City 8,200 Football High schools 1957
Midlothian Stadium Midlothian 8,176 Football High schools 2006
Health and Physical Education Arena Houston 8,100 Arena Texas Southern Tigers 1969
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Cedar Park 8,000 Arena Austin Spurs, Texas Stars 2009
Lone Star Park Grand Prairie 8,000 Racetrack Horse racing 1997
Bert Ogden Arena Edinburg 7,688 Arena Rio Grande Valley Vipers 2018
Humble Civic Center Arena Humble 7,500 Arena Local sports events N/A
Kay Yeager Coliseum Wichita Falls 7,380 Arena Wichita Falls Nighthawks 2003
William R. Johnson Coliseum Nacogdoches 7,203 Arena Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks 1974
Strahan Coliseum San Marcos 7,200 Arena Texas State Bobcats 1982
Fertitta Center Houston 7,100 Arena Houston Cougars 1969
Allen Event Center Allen 7,080 Arena Allen Americans, Dallas Sidekicks 2009
College Park Center Arlington 7,000 Arena UT Arlington Mavericks, Dallas Wings 2012
Moody Coliseum University Park 7,000 Arena SMU Mustangs 1956
Aveva Stadium Houston 4,000 Rugby union Houston SaberCats 2019
  1. ^ Globe Life Park was originally a baseball park, hosting the Texas Rangers from 1994 through 2019. With the Rangers moving to the nearby Globe Life Field, the stadium is being reconfigured for football and soccer.
  2. ^ Date of original opening; reopened in 2020 as a football/soccer stadium.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Young, Matt (August 21, 2019). "XFL unveils its Houston team: The Houston Roughnecks". Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Fort Worth Driving Club Records: A Guide, University of Texas at Arlington, accessed March 29, 2008
  3. ^ "Houston Dynamo Football Club and Houston Dash unveil new club initiatives, brand identity and primary badges". November 17, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Davis, Brian (October 7, 2005). "UT-OU : Best Rivalry?". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 11, 2006.
  5. ^ Talman, John (March 15, 2006). "Lone Star Competition".
  6. ^ "University Interscholastic League". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  7. ^ "National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Official website of University of Texas Athletics – Texas Longhorns – Facilities". Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved May 12, 2013.

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