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THE POWELL BROTHERS TO KICK OFF BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS PRESENTED BY H-E-B FAN FEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

HOUSTON – The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B will get underway at Fan Fest, featuring a performance by The Powell Brothers, on Saturday, Oct. 7.

On gameday, Fan Fest will kick off the events at 9:30 a.m. CT in the Gravel Lot of NRG Stadium, located on the southeast side of the stadium between the Amegy Bank Gate and the Astrodome. The event is headlined by The Powell Brothers, who will hit the stage at 11 a.m. CT.

The Powell Brothers is a Country/Americana recording group from Houston and fronted by brothers Taylor Powell, on lead vocals, and Blake Powell, on lead guitar. The band is currently promoting their latest release ‘Introducing…The Powell Brothers.’ Impressively, the EP saw its first two singles “Four Wheel Hotel” and “Evangeline,” crack the Top 40. This year has been a breakout for The Powell Brothers as they partnered with Major League Baseball and ESPN events for a series of stadium performances at some of MLB and NCAA football’s most exciting games. The band has opened shows for several of country music’s biggest stars, including Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakum, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Granger Smith and Mark Chesnutt. To learn more about The Powell Brothers, visit their site.

Fan Fest is a free event open to all 2017 Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B ticketholders that features live music, food trucks, giveaways and Kid’s Corner with inflatables and games. In addition, Papa’s Pets presented by Papa John’s Pizza will host animal adoptions on-site. Texas Bowl Gridiron Legends Charles Alexander, Michael Bishop and Don Trull will also be on-site to take pictures with fans at starting at 10:30 a.m. CT. For more information on the game, click here.

BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS FAN FEST, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

WHO:

 Musical Performance by The Powell Brothers 

WHEN:

 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT, The Powell Brothers Performance

WHERE:

 Gravel Lot, NRG StadiumTwo NRG ParkHouston, Texas 77054

 

The matchup of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Sam Houston State Bearkats will kick off at 1 p.m. CT following the pregame festivities at NRG Stadium. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 as the Southland Conference Game of the Week. Tickets for the 92nd edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B are available by clicking here.

CONTACTS:

Allie LeClair

(832) 667-2050

allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

Chloe Delclos

(832) 667-2085

chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com

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CREDENTIAL PICKUP FOR BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS PRESENTED BY H-E-B

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

CREDENTIALS – Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B credentials may be picked up at the Houston Texans offices on the second floor of NRG Stadium (enter through Bud Light Plaza off Kirby and Westridge) beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. One person must pick up and sign for their entire outlet’s credential packet.

If you will not be able to make it to NRG Stadium to pick up your credential and parking pass in advance of the game, please email chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com and provide a FedEx number for overnight shipping and a mailing address.

On the day of the game, credentials can be picked up at the Media Will Call window at NRG Stadium, located on the west side of the stadium, beginning three hours prior to kickoff (10 a.m. CT) until the end of the first quarter of the game.

Please note that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect. For more information, click here.

CONTACT:          

Chloe Delclos

(832) 667-2085

chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com

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CREDENTIALS AVAILABLE FOR 2017 BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS PRESENTED BY H-E-B

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HOUSTON – The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. CT.

Media interested in covering the annual rivalry matchup between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State may request credentials by emailing Chloe Delclos at chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com. The deadline to request credentials is Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. CT. Please indicate whether each member of your organization will need field photo/TV access or press box access.

WHAT:

2017 Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B

 WHO:

Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State

WHEN:

Saturday, Oct. 7
1 p.m. CT

WHERE:

NRG Stadium
Houston, TX 77054

CREDENTIALS:

Email Chloe Delclos at chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com

Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. CT

 

In 2016 and for the sixth-straight year, the Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 63-28 before a crowd of 27,411 fans at NRG Stadium. The crowd was the largest in the 90-plus-year history of the rivalry, topping the previous year’s record of 26,990.

The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, making it the fourth-oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston State holds a 54-35-2 edge in the series following last year’s victory.  The teams moved the annual game to Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2010 in a partnership with Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.

For more on this event, click here.

CONTACT:          

Chloe Delclos

(832) 667-2085

chloe.delclos@houstontexans.com

About Lone Star Sports & Entertainment

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE) is a third-party event marketing company based in Houston, TX, closely affiliated with the Houston Texans. LSSE utilizes a proven marketing process and unparalleled resources and relationships to achieve break-through commercial results for the events and properties we represent.

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2015 ADVOCARE TEXAS KICKOFF SET FOR PRIMETIME TELECAST ON ESPN

Game will kick off at NRG Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 5

The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will mark the first match-up in the schools’ histories, continuing the tradition of championship caliber opponents facing off at NRG Stadium. This will be Texas A&M’s third time appearing in an opening weekend event (1988 and 1998), and the contest will mark Arizona State’s first time playing in such a game.

The 2015 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff is one of four neutral-site kickoff games in the country. The 2014 installment of the game featured LSU and Wisconsin in front of a record crowd of 71,599 at NRG Stadium.

Close to 60,000 tickets have already been sold for the 2015 matchup, remaining seats range from $65-$260 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 832-667-2390. A limited number of luxury suites are still available, to purchase call 832-667-2160. Tickets are also available at the NRG Stadium box office. For more information, please visit www.AdvoCareTexasKickoff.com.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, nine college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

Armed Forces Classic (Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Hartford/Storrs, Conn.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

For more information, visit www.espnevents.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003.  Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. The sold out AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff provide an annual economic impact to the city of Houston of $100 million. LSSE has also emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. Additionally, LSSE has reinvigorated the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted a pair of major concerts featuring country superstars George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

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Media Contacts: Rachel Margolis Siegal, ESPN PR – 860-766-2798; Rachel.m.siegal@espn.com

Amy Palcic, LSSE – 832-667-2220; amy.palcic@houstontexans.com

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H-E-B JOINS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS

H-E-B is teaming up with Lone Star Sports and Entertainment as presenting sponsor of The Battle of the Piney Woods, game officials announced today. H-E-B will become the presenting sponsor for the game for the next three years starting in 2015. The Battle of the Piney Woods is the annual football game between Southland Conference rivals Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University played at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

This year’s Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B, which will be played Saturday, Oct. 3, will be the sixth played in Houston. It was recently announced that NRG Stadium will be the new permanent home for the game with tickets going on sale to the general public for this year’s game June 1st.  For more information on premium seating or hospitality options visit www.battleofthepineywoods.com or call 832-667-2390.

“For 110 years, H-E-B has built a tradition that is truly Texas.  We are proud to join this gridiron classic in its 90th year and look forward to building a Texas-sized atmosphere for years to come,” said Harlan Hooks, H-E-B Houston vice president of marketing and merchandising.

Sam Houston State defeated Stephen F. Austin 42-28 last season before a crowd of 26,788 fans at NRG Stadium. The crowd was the largest in the 89-year history of the rivalry. The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, making it the third-oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston State holds a 52-35-2 edge in the series following last year’s victory.

“We are extremely excited to join with H-E-B as a big part of continuing to bring this great rivalry to NRG Stadium,” said Lone Star Sports & Entertainment Executive Director David Fletcher. “The Battle of the Piney Woods is one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in Texas, and playing the game at a neutral site has made it a must-see event for fans of both schools.”

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment also announced an extension of its partnership with CBS Radio Houston as the radio broadcast home of the game.  This year’s 90th meeting will be once again broadcast on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM).

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $22 billion, operates more than 360 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 110th anniversary throughout 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 85,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment is an event management company founded in 2003.  Since its founding, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. The sold out AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff provide an annual economic impact to the city of Houston of $100 million. LSSE has also emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. Additionally, LSSE has reinvigorated the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted a pair of major concerts featuring country superstars George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

CONTACT:           Amy Palcic (832) 667-2220; amy.palcic@houstontexans.com

TWITTER:             @BOTPW