A Tourist's Guide to WWE's Night of Champions 2015 in Houston
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It’s hard to follow a pay-per-view as monumental as SummerSlam, but WWE fans who will flock to Houston, Texas, for the 2015 edition of Night of Champions must be ready for an unforgettable show.
Night of Champions will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 20, and members of the WWE Universe in the area won’t want to miss the latest chapter in the storied wrestling history of the city.
With a pay-per-view card that features WWE World Heavyweight and United States champion Seth Rollins being forced to defend his two titles against legends like Sting and John Cena, fans will be packed in to the Toyota Center to witness history being made.
Visiting the Toyota Center on Sunday for the PPV will take WWE fans down memory lane, as other events including No Mercy 2005 and TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2010 have also taken place at the venue.
Most wrestling fans will be coming into town for the weekend, but tourists should book their flight and hotel in San Antonio for Friday night. With Ring of Honor running the All Star Extravaganza VII PPV on Sept. 18 at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, watching Jay Lethal defend both the ROH World and TV titles in the same night will get wrestling fans ready for Night of Champions.
After a night of independent wrestling, it will be time to make the trip from San Antonio to Houston. Whether you fly or drive the roughly 200 miles between cities, get into Houston as early as possible to visit the sights that made it a wrestling strong hold.
First and foremost, any wrestling fan that visits the city must take the trip down to NRG Park where they can visit NRG Stadium, NRG Center, NRG Arena and the NRG Astrodome all in one shot. While sports complexes are common in larger cities, this area in Houston is saturated with history.
Not only was WrestleMania 17 held at the Superdome in 2001 — widely considered one of the greatest PPVs of all time — but NRG Stadium also hosted WrestleMania 25 in 2009, packing in an incredible 72,744 fans. Add in the fact that NRG Arena has hosted WWE, WCW and TNA shows during its history, and it shows the depth of history in the building.
One of the best parts of NRG Park is the fact that visitors can take an official tour of the facilities for a very affordable price (just $6 for adults and $5 for children).
After several hours exploring NRG Park, it’s time to head over to Lakewood Church Central Campus. While the building may be a house of worship now, it was once The Summit (also known as the Compaq Center) and hosted some of the biggest wrestling events in history. From the AWA running events at the arena in the 1970s, to NWA putting on shows there in the 80s, to Vince McMahon and the WWE booking the 1989 Royal Rumble and many other events from the facility, the old Summit is steeped in wrestling tradition.
Underrated debate between Dallas and Houston: wrestling history. Paul Boesch and his Houston Wrestling vs the Von Erichs and Sportatorium.— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) September 30, 2014
Once you’ve finished walking in the same places that some of the greatest wrestlers have performed, it’s time to enjoy some of the Houston night life. With plenty of bars, clubs and top-notch restaurants, there is something for everyone in your group. For the best advice, check out the official visitor’s site for Houston, which offers tips, recommendations and coupons to help make your stay enjoyable.
To ease the hangover that will likely follow a night out in Texas, wrestling fans should visit the Fountain View Cafe for a late breakfast/early lunch, which is only a 10-mile drive from the Toyota Center. The Fountain View Cafe was voted the best breakfast spot in the city by HoustonPress.com, and the meal should help get everyone ready for the PPV.
After the hearty meal, it’s time for wrestling fans to make their way to the parking lot of the Toyota Center to enjoy the party atmosphere of a wrestling tailgate. With members of the WWE Universe coming from all over the world, having a few cocktails and some food with fellow fans is always an affordable alternative to eating and drinking in the building.
The doors to the Toyota Center open at 5:30 p.m. local time, and fans should enter the building as soon as possible to find your seat and explore the beautiful interior of the arena. With a card stacked with top names and several potentially blockbuster outcomes possible, Night of Champions should be the perfect culmination of a wonderful weekend in Houston.
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