Downtown Houston has two major league sports venues. Minute
Maid Park (formerly Enron Field), which opened in 2000, is home to the MLB Astros and the
Center home to the NBA Rockets, WNBA Comets, and AHL Aeros opened in 2003. If negotiations
with the city are successful, the new Houston
Dynamo stadium should open in time for the MLS 2009 Season.
The Downtown Houston
Theatre District is ranked second, only behind New York
City, for the number of theater seats. Houston is one of only five cities
in the United States with permanent professional
resident companies in all of the major performing art disciplines of opera, ballet, music, and theater. Venues in the theater
district include the Wortham
Center (opera and ballet), the Alley Theatre (theater), the Hobby Center (resident and traveling musical theater, concerts,
events), the Verizon
Wireless Theater (concerts and events) and Jones Hall (symphony).
R. Brown Convention Center
R. Brown Convention Center, with its 1.2 million square feet of flexible exhibit, meeting, and registration
space and adjacent hotel, is frequently used for conventions, trade shows, and community meetings.