The NFL's schedule release Thursday was one big step toward helping Houston's college football team finalize its seven home dates for the 2013 season.
The Cougars' inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference has four home games finalized for Reliant Stadium, but logistics and uncertainty surrounding the NFL's Texans' slate had left three home contests without a location.
Houston has four games confirmed for Reliant Stadium: Aug. 30 vs. Southern, Sept. 21 vs. Rice, Oct. 19 vs. BYU and Oct. 31 vs. USF.
The school says it is currently working with the NFL, Reliant Stadium and others to finalize locations for its other three home games: Oct. 12 vs. Memphis, Nov. 23 vs. Cincinnati and Nov. 29 vs. SMU.
Below is a letter the athletic department sent out to season-ticket holders.
Dear Houston Football fans,
As you may have seen, the NFL released its 2013 schedule Thursday night. With the release of the 2013 NFL schedule, the Houston Athletics Department has moved closer to finalizing the location for all seven home games on its 2013 football schedule.
Working with the Houston Texans and Reliant Stadium, we havefinalized the logistics of four games and have confirmed they will be played in Reliant Stadium – Aug. 30 vs. Southern, Sept. 21 vs. Rice, Oct. 19 vs. BYU and Oct. 31 vs. USF.
We continue to work around the clock with Reliant Stadium, the NFL and other entities to finalize the location for our three remaining home games – Oct. 12 vs. Memphis, Nov. 23 vs. Cincinnati and Nov. 29 vs. SMU.
Once locations for all 2013 games are finalized, the HoustonAthletics Ticket Office will immediately begin dispersing season-ticket renewals to 2012 season-ticket holders.
We greatly appreciate your patience during this very exciting time in UH Athletics while we build our state-of-the-art on-campus Houston Football Stadium. You can check out the progress of the construction at www.HoustonFootballStadium.com.
Fans can place their 2013 deposit for new season-tickets foronly $75. The per-seat deposit puts fans in line for the best available season-ticket location after the season-ticket renewal in the spring.
To place a deposit, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans can also place their Houston Football season-ticket deposit 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking here.
We also plan to release all 2014 football season ticket information in May. The release of 2014 seating information will include a timeline for purchase, seat priority and allocation information.