• Team Build at Houston Stampede Event Center

     
    POSTED July 17, 2018
     

    Spanning 30 acres, this full-service venue offers a Texas-sized list of team-building activities.

Discovering new venues offering unique experiences is often challenging for meeting and event planners. At the Houston Stampede Event Center (HSEC), planners need look no further. Situated at 11925 Eastex Freeway, the venue is 12 miles from the George R. Brown Convention Center and offers 35,000 square feet of event space.

The facility features a country karaoke stage, a 3,000-square-foot hardwood dance floor and a mechanical bull named Megawatt. Team-building activities include mechanical bull riding, karaoke singing, dancing, casino gaming and live armadillo racing. Attendees can also have their photo taken on live Texas longhorns. 

The event center provides turnkey planning for catering, audio-visual and beverage services, and can accommodate groups of up to 4,000 inside and more than 15,000 people outside. HSEC has an 18-foot LED screen and more than 50 LED monitors throughout the venue for personalized branding, marketing or honoring event sponsors. The facility also provides paved parking for 3,000 vehicles. 

“People are fascinated by Texas’ Western culture,” says Rob Fedrows, president of HSEC. “At Houston Stampede Event Center, we create one-of-a-kind experiences for all types of events. Guests are immersed in the total Texas experience.” 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.