Every red-blooded Texan loves football, and everyone loves a hometown team. So when the chance came to help the students of the University of Houston so they could be a part of the action when UH hosted the Texas Tech Red Raiders this past Saturday, Gallery Furniture - the world's greatest furniture store - stepped up to the line of scrimmage and got involved. Turns out that the University of Houston's ticket office had a challenge that any university athletic department likes to have but finds difficult to get through - tons of demand to get in, not enough tickets to give out. Gallery Furniture is Houston's leader in solving all kinds of problems, and instead of furniture, Gallery Furniture delivered food, fun, and a HUGE LCD TV!
You see, Gallery Furniture decided to offer up some free food in the form of BBQ ribs, burgers, sausage, hot dogs, and some corn along with a HUGE LCDTV on a GoVision truck - a huge 9' high x 16' high Daktronics LCD television that broadcast the University of Houston matchup against Tech within the Red Lot at the corner of Scott and Wheeler - right in the heart of tailgate alley.
The board's brightness could be seen from as far as the top deck of Robertson Stadium, and the students and alumni and guests that didn't have a chance at a ticket enjoyed some great Texas football at the Gallery Furniture Official Cougar Watch Party. Gallery Furniture is more than just the world;s greatest furniture store - Gallery Furniture knows how to tailgate. As the game played, and the emotional rollercoaster that played out on the grid iron reverberated in the cheers, gasps, and outcries of the tailgaters in the crowd, Gallery Furniture helped to create a fun, safe, and festive atmosphere for the enjoyment of all. Whether you were an opposing Texas Tech Red Raider or a hometown University of Houston Cougar, you were right there for every minute of one of the most exciting football games of the year.
Dropping by for some grub that evening and to talk shop with Joe Curl and the Gallery Furniture team was Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations for the University of Houston, Mike Rea. Along for the visit with Mike was Director of Ticket Operations for Texas Tech, Jarod Huddleston, who was excited to chow down on some delicious grub. The energy of the tailgate crowd impressed Rea and Huddleston, who chose to watch part of the 3rd quarter at the Gallery Furniture tailgate party and were impressed with the set-up.
Team effort. That's what wins games, and that's what won the night for the University of Houston football team in a tense game whose down-to-the-wire win will go down in the annals of Houston history as a storied tale of a great passing game, smart defensive plays, and sound clock management. Just like the Cougars, the Gallery Furniture team came together for the students, alumni, and guests with sound best practices in event management so that Raider fans and Cougar fans alike could enjoy a game near the epicenter of energy this past Saturday - the tailgate lot of Robertson Stadium, home of the mighty University of Houston Cougars. And a few ticks after midnight into Sunday, the explosion of triumph could be felt throughout Houston, with the party starting at the Gallery Furniture University of Houston Cougar Watching Tailgate Event.