Rockets Overview

Fast facts

League: Western Conference Southwest Division

Head Coach: Ime Udoka

Team Mascot: Clutch

Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 18104

City / State: Houston / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Rockets vs Mavericks

Rival Team: Dallas Mavericks

The rivalry between Dallas and Houston extends beyond basketball, so it should come as little surprise that there is bad blood between these two clubs. The Mavs and Rockets have met in the playoffs numerous times with their most recent matchup taking place in 2015 when the Rockets defeated the Mavs in five. The crowd is always intense when the Mavs and Rockets get together, so book your tickets now.

Rockets vs Spurs

Rival Team: San Antonio Spurs

The Rockets-Spurs rivalry is one of the fiercest in the Southwest Division and dates back to the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. These two Texas-based rivals have met in the playoffs three times with the Rocket getting the better of the Spurs all three times. There’s always a lot on the line when the Rockets and Spurs meet up, so don’t miss it.

Rockets vs Lakers

Rival Team: Los Angeles Lakers

The Rockets-Lakers rivalry began in the early 1980s and has remained relatively heated ever since. The two Western Conference foes have met in the playoffs eight times with the Lakers holding a slim 5-3 edge over the Rockets. Over the years many all-time greats have played in this rivalry including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaq, Kobe Bryant, and Clyde Drexler. There are always plenty of stars on display when these two square off, so make sure you’re in attendance.

Rockets Stadium Guide

In Game

The Toyota Center boasts one of the best in-game experiences in the NBA thanks to its wide array of amenities as well as the love that Houston has for this team. Inside Toyota Center, you’ll find plenty to take in including the banners, DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, and Memorial Hermann Sky Court.

The Rockets impressive history is on display at the Toyota Center as there are plenty of banners and murals honoring Rockets legends of the past. The banners here honor everyone from Rudy Tomjanovich to Hakeem Olajuwon to Clyde Drexler, so you’ll have no problem reminiscing about all your favorite players from the past.

The fan support inside the Toyota Center is also incredible. The Red Rowdies, in particular, come out in strong support of the team, although no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll find plenty of people cheering loudly for the Rockets. The fans immense passion for their team also means you’ll have no problem talking to fellow fans nearby about the Rockets playoff chances or who they should target in the offseason.

You’ll also be able to enjoy some Texas favorites while attending a Rockets game thanks to the arena’s distinctly Texas-based concessions offerings. There is a wide array of Tex-Mex and barbecue available to you at the concessions stands, so don’t be afraid to try the delicious cuisine during your visit.

The outstanding arena extras, fan support, and concessions at the Toyota Center make a trip to a Rockets game a must for all you basketball lovers out there.

Things to check out

Championship and Retired Number Banners

When you look up from your seat, you can’t help but notice the banners honoring all the great Rockets players and teams of the past. From Hakeem Olajuwon to Rudy Tomjanovich, you’ll find lots to take in when admiring the banners hanging from the rafters of the Toyota Center.

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The Toyota Center’s whopping 58 ft by 25 ft by 25 ft scoreboard is one of the largest center court video boards in the NBA, so you’ll have no problem getting a good view of all the in-game replays.

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DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone

The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone is open to all guest and is the perfect place to grab a drink inside the Toyota Center. At the Sports Zone you won’t miss any of the action on the court thanks to the eight plasma screen TVs, so don’t be afraid to stop by during the game.

Memorial Hermann Sky Court

Located on the North end of the Upper Concourse, this interactive sports space is a must see. The Sky Court contains a replica of center court, replica player lockers, and a vertical jump challenge, so make sure to check it out.

Houston Rockets Club

If you want a luxury NBA game day experience then look no further than the Houston Rockets Club. The Rockets Club will not only have you seated right along the sideline, but will also offer you a concierge service, parking in the Toyota Tundra Garage, and access to exclusive lounges.

Team Shop

The Rockets team shop is located in section 113 and is the perfect place to grab some Rockets gear. If you want to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your trip to the Toyota Center, then there is no better place to do so then the Rockets team shop.

Red Rowdies

The Red Rowdies are arguably the rowdiest and most rambunctious fan section in all of professional sports. These fans live and die with the Rockets and as a result, create one of the best atmospheres in the NBA. Join the Red Rowdies in section 114 if you want to cheer along with these diehards.

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Clutch the Rockets Bear

Clutch is the official mascot of the Rockets and can be seen throughout the game entertaining children and adults alike. Keep your eyes peeled for Clutch as you never know what he’ll get up to next.

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Rockets Power Dancers

The Rockets dancers put on an entertaining show and perform a variety of different dance routines. No matter what kind of dancing you like, you’ll be entertained by this talented dance troupe.

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Sonic Boom Drumline

The Sonic Boom Drumline is composed of some of the best percussionists in the Houston area, so give them your full attention during their impressive performances.

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Launch Crew

There’s nothing the Launch Crew won’t do to hype up the crowd. These breakers and tumblers perform a variety of routines and run a bunch of different in-game contests, so get loud when you see the Launch Crew.

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These talented acrobats energize the entire arena with their outlandish stunts. You’ll be amazed at the out of this world dunks this group can pull off, so be prepared to drop your jaw to the floor during their performances.

Fight Songs

  1. That's My Team

  2. (Clap) Roc-Kets!

    (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap) Roc-kets!

    (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap) Roc-kets!

    (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap) Roc-kets!

  3. Let's Go Rockets!

    Let’s Go Rockets! (Clap)

    Let’s Go Rockets! (Clap)

    Let’s Go Rockets! (Clap)

  4. Glory, Houston Rockets!

    Glory, Glory Houston Rockets Glory, Glory Houston Rockets Glory, Glory Houston Rockets The Rockets are marching on-on-on!

  5. Wha-Wha-Wha-Wha

    “Wha-wha-wha-wha-WHAT” (hands to the right),
    “Wha-wha-wha-wha-WHAT” (hands to the left)

  6. Who Dat

    Who dat talkin’ bout beatin’ dem Rockets, Who dat? Who dat?

Rockets Bars & Restaurants

  1. Home Plate Bar & Grill

    Mike Speedway Lounge Beer Northstar Bar and Grill Beer Shipleys Tavern Beer Press Box Sports Bar Beer

    Downtown pub across the street from Minute Maid Park popular for pre- & post-game eats & drinks.

    1800 Texas St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. Luigi’s Pizzeria

    OHOP Orono House of Pizza

    Local pizzeria chain serving NY-style pies, plus pasta, sandwiches & gelato, in a relaxed space.

    3700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  3. Wimpy’s Hamburgers


    Best burgers in downtown!!

    632 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Whataburger


    Circa-1950 fast-food chain for counter-serve burgers, some stacked with multiple patties.

    1000 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

    Petes Dueling Piano Bar

    It's a sing-along, clap-along, drink-along, have-one-helluva-good-time-along bar!

    1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Dirt Bar

    Dirt Bar

    "We're Dirt Bar. We play Rock n' Roll."

    1209 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  7. Tejas Grill & Sports Bar

    Tejas Grill and Sports Bar

    Tejas’ menu would be a mix of burgers, unique appetizers, tex-mex, steaks, and salads.

    1201 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - sportsbar - $$

  8. Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    Upscale-casual pub & New American eatery serving innovative drinks in a 1880s brick building.

    218 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  9. Eighteen Twenty Bar

    Eighteen Twenty Lounge

    Welcome to 1820, where all worries and fears die.

    1820 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. The Grove

    The Grove

    The Grove restaurant offers a modern and elegant urban dining experience unlike anything else in downtown Houston.

    1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  11. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

    Houston Flying Saucer

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Offering a wide variety of imported and domestic quality craft beers.

    705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Bombay Pizza

    Bombay Pizza

    A pizzeria that serves Italian cuisine graced with Indian herbs and spices.

    914 Main St #105, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    asian - italian - pizza - $$

  13. MKT BAR

    MKT BAr

    Casual, urban-chic spot in a market serving wine & beer paired with cafe fare & live music acts.

    1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Lake House Waterside Café

    Lake House

    Beautiful spot to dine with your loved ones.

    1600 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Irma’s Southwest Grill

    Irmas Southwest Grill

    Casual spot for familiar Southwestern eats including fajitas, shrimp tacos & combo platters.

    1475 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  16. Hubcap Grill

    Hubcap Grill burger

    Hubcap Grill is known for its juicy burgers, great french fries and old fashioned root beer in the bottle.

    1133 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq

  17. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

    Vic and Anthonys steak

    With an award-winning menu and a stunning selection of wine, Vic & Anthony's redefines every expectation of class and fine dining.

    1510 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$$