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Texans shift single-game ticket sales on same night as NFL schedule release – Houston Chronicle

In yet another move aimed to regain fan interest and capitalize on the momentum of a franchise entering the second year of its rebuild, the Texans will begin selling single-game tickets after the NFL’s full schedule is released Thursday.
The Texans normally open single-game tickets for sale in July, team president Greg Grissom said, but they will now join other NFL franchises who have previously shifted their sale dates when the full schedule is first released.
“We just want to do that and really give our fans a chance when they’re most excited, when they have the information about the schedule and can act immediately and kind of get their plans set for the year,” Grissom said at the Texans’ charity golf tournament Monday.
Thursday’s schedule release will solidify the dates and times for a Texans 2022 schedule that, in addition to the AFC South, includes the NFC East and AFC West. Houston will also play in Chicago, where recently promoted coach Lovie Smith’s nine seasons as the Bears’ head coach included an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.
The Texans will host the Browns, which could present a potential rematch with former franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. General manager Nick Caserio acquired Cleveland’s first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024 as part of six total picks received in the March exchange for Watson. Civil litigation continues for Watson, who is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and harassment, and it is uncertain when or if the NFL will levy a suspension according to its conduct policy.
The shifted date for single-game ticket sales is one of three major outreaches the Texans have pursued this offseason under Grissom, who has worked for the franchise since its inaugural season and was promoted to president in March 2021.
The Texans relocated their draft party from NRG Stadium to Miller Outdoor Theatre, where a crowd watched the team select Derek Stingley Jr. and Kenyon Green with its two first-round picks.
The franchise also created incentives for season ticket holders who renewed by three deadlines that included price reductions, game flexibility, year-long discounts and access to exclusive events. Grissom said “well over 85 percent” of season tickets were renewed by the final May 5 deadline, about a 5 percent increase since March 30.
As the Texans add more talent to an overhauled roster, the franchise is seeking marked improvement after its second four-win season in as many years. Most of the team’s nine draft picks will be expected to significantly contribute, if not start, in 2022. They will report to Houston’s team facilities on Friday for the start of rookie minicamp.
 
Brooks Kubena, a Houston native, joined the Chronicle in 2021 to cover the Texans and the NFL after reporting on LSU football for The Advocate | Times-Picayune in Baton Rouge for three years. Kubena contributed to the AP Top 25 poll and held a Heisman Trophy vote. A graduate of the University of Texas and Clear Lake High School, he’s too young to remember the Oilers but old enough to remember a parking lot was once AstroWorld.

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