The team we now know as the Houston Dynamo began in December of 2005 as the San Jose Earthquakes when its members and head coach relocated from California to Houston, Texas. The Dynamo began their first season in 2006. In 2008, the Houston Dynamo gained the honor of being the first MLS soccer team to score a goal on Mexican soil
The Name Game
Just before the start of the 2006 season, the former Earthquakes agreed upon the team name "Houston 1836." A seemingly odd choice to many, the name packed much significance in the eyes of its creators. 1836 marks the founding year of the city of Houston. Incidentally, it is also the year that Texas gained independence from Mexico. Hispanic fans were so outraged by the name choice that the MLS saw fit to declare another team name. The name Dynamo was chosen to represent unwavering energy and hard work.
The First Season
The Houston Dynamo played their first Houston game on April 2, 2006 at Robertson Stadium with over 25,000 viewers in attendance. They defeated the Colorado Rapids with a 5-2 victory. The team went on to win 11 matches, gain the second place spot in the Western Conference and eventually win the 2006 MLS Cup.
A Brand New Home
For the first two months of the 2012 season, the Houston Dynamo played every game on the road. On May 12, 2012, Houston opened its third major sports arena (Reliant Stadium and Minute Maid Park being the preceding two), the BBVA Compass Stadium. The venue seats 22,039 guests and is located in the East Downtown district. BBVA Compass Stadium boasts 1,100 club seats, 34 private suites and President's Club member seating areas. The building, which is positioned in an area of Downtown Houston that's under current revitalization cost $95 million to construct.
Though the BBVA Compass Stadium is the official home of the Houston Dynamo, the venue will also host Texas Southern University football games throughout the fall.
Charities and Sponsorship
The Houston Dynamo is dedicated to serving the Houston community through charitable its efforts. Two of these programs are Soccer for Success and Kicks for Kids. Soccer for Success provides soccer instruction and health awareness to children in grades third through eighth. Kicks for Kids provides local children's charities with free tickets to Houston Dynamo games. Individual players including Geoff Cameron and Bobby Boswell raise funds for causes ranging from breast cancer awareness to leukemia.
The Dynamo are proud to partner with such corporations as McDonald's, Conn's, Methodist Hospital, Budweiser, CenterPoint Energy, United Airlines and more.
There are several ways to enjoy a day of soccer with the Houston Dynamo. Ticket options include individual, 4-packs, partial season tickets, full season tickets and group bundles.