The First and Always The Finest
The distance as the crow flies, not the actual road distance is 21 miles from Houston to Cypress. Not sure if that's to the city limits or downtown.
The venue is right off hwy 290 which hits the Northwest corner of loop 610 that circles Houston. It's a two and a half hour drive for me coming out of Austin.
It's the same venue the af2 Texas Copperheads played in. The Katy Copperheads of the NIFL (later became the af2 Copperheads) played in another shcool district venue on Hwy 10 in Katy, which hits loop 610 at about the same place hwy 290 does. Not much difference in travel for the houston residents, but Katy was about 30 extra minutes for me.
Berry center map;
8877 Barker-Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
Pictures of the venue;
I knew many avid fans of the NIFL Katy Copperheads that just lost interest when they became the af2 Texas Copperheads and moved from the Merrell center to the Berry center. The Katy NIFL owner and coach, Bryan Blake became the coach and minority owner of the Texas af2 team and had some similar players, yet the fan base didn't move with them.
The 50 yard sport doesn't seem to attract many fans outside a very close proximity from the venue. Sure, there are some diehards that travel a good distance but we're a very small group overall. Most ticket sales are from casual fans that typically won't venture far from their own backyard.
There are PLENTY of people to draw from out here. I don't remember the story exactly any more, but I believe that building was built because the school district is huge...and there wasn't a facility big enough for all of the employees to meet or gather in. Of course it gave them a great facility for school related events, basketball, football , etc. as well. In 06-07 the school district had more than 100K students enrolled. This area has boomed in growth since then.
One of the problems the Copperheads had was exposure. Sound familiar? Thats a big issue for most indoor teams in any market. No one knew they were here. No marketing, small staff, etc. You get what you pay for. It's a double edged sword. I've worked for more than one professional franchise...and they all say the same thing..."we'd be more than happy to pay if we were making money". But very few set themselves up to make money. Hopefully this new group will have reached some kind of agreement with the facility (and school district) that will help them market the events.
I would be more than happy to share my experiences, thoughts and effots if anyone involved with the team is interested. Just drop me a private message and I'll get back to you.
If true it's not surprising. The SIFL has had trouble getting Houston off the ground each of their three years of existence.
The Houston Stallions ARE playing this season. You may have a pretty good source. Sorry for the pun, BUT I went strait to the horses mouth for this.
Will there be any issues between now and kickoff? I would hope not
Will there be any issues between now and kickoff? I would hope not[/quote]
To echo the poster above me -- will they be playing a full home-and-away schedule, or are they going to be a road team?