Saturday, Jan. 14
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The Memorial Hermann Sky Court will have its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 14 when the Rockets play host to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Sky Court is a 5,000-square-foot interactive area located on the upper concourse level of Toyota Center. The Memorial Hermann Sky Court opened its doors for the first time this past weekend when the Rockets hosted the Nuggets Sunday night. It is already being hailed as a huge success.
The purpose of the Sky Court is to enhance the family atmosphere and experience in the upper concourse while building the Rockets brand by displaying Clutch and figures of the Rockets’ past to appeal to fans. Rockets business development manager Lindsay Derman spearheaded the project.
“First, we wanted to make it [a Rockets game] a more family-fun experience. Now you can come an hour early [before games] and enjoy competitive games, learn about the history of the Rockets, and help build our brand,” Derman said. “Second, we wanted to spice up the upper concourse, make it a little bit livelier.”
The Sky Court also has an area designated as the Memorial Rotunda, an area of the Sky Court designated for health-related components with a twist of basketball and fun. The Memorial Rotunda includes stations where fans can measure their height, wingspan, vertical jump and reaction time. Locker stations will also let fans compare their weight and height to current Rockets and Comets players.
Also included are other activities for young Rockets fans, such as a section where kids can design posters to bring out to the court and a face painter to get fans ready to cheer on their hometown heroes. Another section called " Center Court" offers interactive basketball games where fans can show off their dunking skills.
In "Clutch's Den," fans can see highlights and other visuals of their favorite team mascot. The Den also displays some of Clutch’s props that he has been known to use in seasons past. In addition, the Sky Court will feature concession and retail stands, as well as a party room that may be reserved for kids’ birthday parties.
“We went around town and did some investigating,” Derman said when explaining what process was taken to mold and design the Sky Court. “We visited a health and body museum, the children’s zoo and Dave & Buster’s, [looking at] all kinds of kids interactive areas.”
However, the Sky Court is not only geared toward the younger generation. There will be a Rockets history “locker room,” where facts and figures of past Rockets legends will be displayed in lockers. “About four or five past players will be featured in lockers,” Derman said. “It’s going to basically be like a glorified media guide [in terms of information offered].”
Saturday is also Clutch’s birthday. The first 5,000 fans will receive Clutch Piggy Banks courtesy of Woodforest National Bank. Saturday is also the next opportunity for Rockets fans to take advantage of McDonald’s Family Packs. Family Packs start at $69 and include four tickets to the game, four hot dogs, four sodas, and two kids’ prizes.