USA vs. Ireland tailgating contest at BBVA Compass Stadium

Tailgating Teams Representing Team USA & Ireland to Participate in

Pre-Game Competition on Saturday, June 8, 2013

HOUSTON (April 18, 2013)Calling all Tailgating Teams, Let’s Party Rugby-Style! BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facilities venue, ( will host the inaugural Rugby Tailgating Contest in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ireland test match on Saturday, June 8.

The contest, which is open to tailgating teams representing Team USA and Team Ireland, will take place in Lots B & C adjacent to BBVA Compass Stadium,and is seeking the top tailgating team of the match. Registered teams will be allowed to enter the parking area at 1 p.m. and judging will take place at 4 p.m.

Tailgating for the USA vs. Ireland rugby match is only allowed in Lots B & C.

The winning team, which will be announced prior to gates opening for the rugby match, will receive: 10 VIP passes to the Budweiser Fan Fest tent (must be 21 years of age to enter the tent); a Kroger tailgating prize pack; USA Rugby prize pack; and will be recognized as Tailgaters of the Game with an on-field trophy presentation at halftime.

Contest Rules
Each team must register in advance online at Teams must be registered by Friday, May 31, 2013. Parking passes must be purchased in advance; parking for the tailgating contest will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For details on proper tailgating set-up, please view the instructions and maps online at

Teams will be judged based on overall Tailgating Set-Up and Team Spirit. Tailgating set-up includes the overall theme and appearance of the tailgating area. Team Ireland participants will set up in Lot B and Team USA participants will set up in Lot C.

Team Spirit includes signage, music, chants/songs and other enhancements to your area. Traditional food and beverages are encouraged, however, this will not be a formal cook-off portion to the contest.

For more information or questions, please contact

Match Details
The U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, June 8, as one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. This match up offers rugby fans the opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked 6th in world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked 16th. The teams have previously faced off in 2009 and again in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand; both matches resulted in victory for Ireland. The U.S. Men’s National Team will be seeking a long-awaited win as they face off again in Houston.

Tickets for the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles vs. Ireland test match are available starting at $20 online at, or by calling 888-929-7849. Tickets are also available at the Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices start at $20. Group tickets are available to groups of 10 or more by calling 713-547-3055.

Upcoming Rugby Appearances
Volunteers and Rugby Geniuses will be at Houston’s International Festival (iFest) taking place in downtown Houston April 20-21 to promote the match with exclusive giveaways and fun interactive opportunities. Volunteers will also be at Buzz Fest at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on April 20.

About USA Rugby
Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). The organization has approximately 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the U.S. in international competitions. The current structure of USA Rugby comprises seven Territorial Unions (TU) and 34 Local Area Unions (LAU) that compete for regional and National Championships. USA Rugby's national headquarters is located in Boulder, Colo., and is run by full-time staff under the direction of current CEO and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville.

About BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the new stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.