In what appears to be a bid to get more people to pronounce Houston’s major industry in a stilted quasi-drawl, the parent company of Reliant Energy has decided to rebrand Reliant Stadium and Reliant Park. The Houston Chronicle‘s Kiah Collier reports that henceforth (or after a vote by county commissioners at least) they shall be known as NRG Stadium and NRG Park. Collier’s sources don’t seem to have mentioned whether the name-change will result in similar switches for the other structures in the sports-and-convention complex, labeled the Reliant Center, Reliant Arena, and Reliant Astrodome since 2002.
Whether the county bothers to approve an accompanying name change for the Astrodome might provide a clue about what the political body in charge of its fate has in mind for that long-vacant and recently gutted structure. Will the Dome get NRG or not? That may be a good way to ask the question: The building’s once-legendary air-conditioning system hasn’t been working for several years now.
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