Kroger, The Houston Dynamo, and My Date with David Beckham

This past weekend my family and I went as guests of Kroger to the Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy game at the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium.

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Earlier this year Kroger was named as “the official and exclusive retail grocery partner of the Houston Dynamo in addition to a founding partner of BBVA Compass Stadium.” The long-term sponsorship agreement means wonderful things are to come for the Houston area, including the implementation of “neighborhood outreach programs and store promotions that focus on fighting hunger, supporting education, and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles.”

My husband and 11yo son are soccer fans and have seen the Dynamo before, but this game was a first for the rest of my family. It was also a first to be at the new BBVA Compass Stadium, which is beautiful!

Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium

The view from our seats in section 219 (note: taken with iPhone & AutoStitch app).

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It might sound silly, but with hungry teenagers and a potty-training preschooler, I had some apprehensions about the stadium’s facilities: would we have to wait forever for food? would there be enough bathrooms so I wouldn’t have to trek far with a potty-dancing 4yo? I also worried about being crammed into our seats, since I was packing a ton of stuff around for our large family.

I’m happy to say that our experience with the stadium and staff was a dream. The seats and foot-room were surprisingly spacious. There were tons of restrooms and we never had a wait. There were also many, many options for concessions and the lines were short and the staff was very nice. A note about concessions: you are not allowed to bring in any outside food, although you can bring a clear plastic water bottle to fill and refill at the fountains. Expect to pay at least $10/person for food, and that is for very basic fare (ie: nachos or hot dog and a water).

Maybe the only significant drawback at the stadium? Many sections (like ours!) are left un-shaded, and in the Houston heat, that can be rough. I had to take my 4yo into the covered causeway several times for some relief. We found many others doing the same – in fact, the walls were lined with people sitting on the cement, just trying to beat the heat.

As it was, our family only made it through the first half of the game. But the Dynamo was up by 1 at that point, and went on to win, 2-1! While we were there, my 18yo daughter expressed how surprised she was that, despite the heat, she really enjoyed watching professional soccer. And I don’t think it was *just* because David Beckham happened to be playing on the opposing team.

David Beckham practicing before Dynamo v LA Galaxy game

Do you see him there? David Beckham, in the lower left corner of the picture (pink shoes!), kicking a ball during warm ups!

I would definitely recommend going to a Houston Dynamo game. The crowd was great (check out the famous Dynamo Supporters, including the drum-playing “La Bateria” – they all bring a fantastic energy!) and the whole experience was a lot of fun. Just be *sure* to pack sunscreen and a hat, maybe a handheld fan, and stay hydrated. Go Dynamo!

Disclosure: Our family was provided with tickets and food vouchers for the game, along with a bag of various Kroger coupons and Dynamo-branded items. No other compensation was received. I was not required to post about our experience; I’m sharing with my readers because we really did have a great time. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.