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BBVA Compass TAilgate and Parking Info
Thursday, 10 May 2012
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TAILGATING

BBVA Compass Stadium has very limited tailgating options. Tailgating is limited to Dynamo season ticket holders that purchased parking passes in Astros Lots B and C.

The Texian Army "TAilgate" is in the northeast corner of Lot C near the intersection of Bastrop Street and Preston Street (see map link below). There is some grass and trees in that area that can be used for tailgating. The main rule is do not block the concrete walkways, so if you are not standing on the grass you need to be in the parking spaces that we have.

The parking lot normally opens three hours before Dynamo games. It must be clear one hour after the game ends.

No glass containers are allowed, so pour your bottled beers into a thermos or switch to cans for the game.

Drinking is only allowed in Lots B & C. You cannot take your beer with you on the march to the stadium. You know there are going to be cops just waiting for people to walk outside the TAilgate with a beer, so watch out.

See BBVA Compass Stadium Tailgating Policies & Procedures for a full list of tailgating rules.

PARKING

Gone are the days where you could roll up to Robertson five hours before the game and never pay to park. There is a Parking & Traffic Flow Map page up with suggested routes and street closures during Dynamo games. As the year wears on, people will find those shortcuts. Try to park near Bastrop and Preston if you want to be as close to the TAilgate as possible. If parking is anything like Astros games, the prices will change depending on the day of the week and the opponent, so be prepared

 
ISC Releases Open Letter to Don Garber
Thursday, 15 March 2012

Commissioner Garber,

We are writing on behalf of the Independent Supporters Council, a group made up of twenty-seven American and Canadian supporters groups, including supporters from almost every team in Major League Soccer. Our mission is to advocate for fair treatment of home and away supporters at all levels of American and Canadian soccer.

Our members and supporters across the league are alarmed by the recent punishment handed down by the league office to supporters groups of the Houston Dynamo, including ISC member the Texian Army. We, representing supporters from across the league, support the Texian Army's official response to this matter and ask that the league meet with the Texian Army and the other Houston supporters' groups to review this unnecessarily harsh action.

We have no issue with the league taking individual action against individual fans who violate stadium policy at any league stadium. As we understand it, there have already been individual bans issued to some Dynamo supporters responsible for the problems at the MLS Cup. We do not take issue with the individual bans. But we object to the league taking retaliatory action that serves only to harm supporters' culture in Houston. The statement from MLS read “As of March 1, Dynamo traveling supporters will not be permitted to utilize items listed as Supporter Group Exemptions in the MLS Prohibited Items policy (e.g. flags, banners, confetti, drums).”

Banning flags and drums will not stop individual fans from smuggling smoke into the stadium or throwing prohibited items on the field. Cutting off safe, legal avenues of support does not punish the flashlight throwers. Instead it punishes supporters who spend their own time and money making flags and banners, and creating the atmosphere that the league loves to promote. Such broad-based punishments do not address the troublemakers. All this action does is punish the majority of supporters who show the passion and dedication you claim to value.

Furthermore, the Houston away supporters' section at the 2011 MLS Cup was a supporters' section in name only; it was a mixed group of fans, including both members of supporters groups and unaffiliated fans. It is one thing to ask the supporters to police themselves; it is not reasonable to ask them to police every Dynamo fan, especially on a trip where they were not given the opportunity to organize or screen the attendees.

We ask that the League:

  1. Does not hold supporters groups responsible for the actions of unaffiliated fans. Hold the individuals who behaved poorly accountable without punishing good supporters groups.
  2. When supporters do travel, take attacks on them as seriously as you do incidents involving them. Traveling fans are regularly treated to racist chants and thrown items, not from other supporters' groups, but from other fans in the stadium. They do not receive support or follow-up from security or the front office at these stadiums. This does more to contribute to ugly incidents like we saw at the MLS Cup than any number of flags or banners.
  3. If the league intends to punish supporters for incidents at games, work directly with the leadership of the affected supporters' group first and give them an opportunity to appeal, rather than simply announcing an open-ended ban.

Banning flags, banners, and drums will do nothing to further the goal we both share: creating the best possible atmosphere in every American and Canadian stadium. No amount of heavy-handed bans and restrictive security measures will stop someone from throwing something on the field. That is an element that we must work together to eliminate. Work with us, not against us. Only by working with your supporters, instead of against them, will we build a relationship of mutual trust & respect and accomplish our common goals.

Sincerely,

The Independent Supporters Council

cc: Evan Dabby, Jon Radke, Brent Delgado, Art Castro, Christoph Schoenbeck

ISC Contact: Jimi Butler, ISC liaison to MLS - 202-549-6123 - This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 
Texian Army Rebukes MLS for Sanctions Against Dynamo Supporters
Thursday, 01 March 2012


On Monday, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced the suspension of supporters privileges (flags, banners, drums, etc.) for Houston Dynamo supporters groups for at least eight away games in 2012. As one of the affected groups, Texian Army feels that the sanctions are unnecessarily harsh and intended to be retaliatory against all Dynamo supporters -- our most loyal and passionate fans.

To be clear, Texian Army does not condone throwing of objects on to the field or any acts of violence against stadium personnel. Following MLS Cup, Texian Army has been working with other Houston Dynamo supporters groups to make the transition from Robertson Stadium to BBVA Compass Stadium. Part of that effort focuses on communication between our groups' leadership and with unaffiliated supporters that stand with us at home and on the road. Better communication of league and supporters group policies could have mitigated the incidents at Home Depot Center at MLS Cup.

To that end, Dynamo supporters groups have made major steps towards establishing an umbrella supporters union and charter that lays out expectations in the supporters section and potential consequences for violating standards and procedures.

One of the challenges the Texian Army and other supporters groups face is that there are no established consequences at the league level with MLS. To our knowledge, this is the first case in which sanctions have been assessed by the league on a team's supporters as a whole.

Several individuals who attended MLS Cup were individually identified by the Dynamo and have been assessed bans ranging from one-half to all of the 2012 MLS season at BBVA Compass. Despite these bans on individuals for misconduct, MLS has chosen to assess restrictions on all Dynamo supporters groups (Texian Army, El Batallon, La Bateria, and Brickwall Firm) as a whole.

To confound the situation, because of how tickets were sold for MLS Cup, there were many unaffiliated supporters mixed in with officially recognized Dynamo supporters groups. Word of mouth reports from supporters in attendance recount witnessing smoke bombs ignited and items thrown on to the field by unaffiliated supporters. This raises serious questions about the validity of MLS punishing established supporters groups for misconduct.

We are also concerned with an apparent lack of consistency in holding groups accountable. Its a well known fact that there have been numerous instances in MLS of home and traveling supporters igniting smoke bombs, throwing objects onto the field, and using obscene language & gestures. Again, while we do not condone these behaviors, we question why the league has chosen now to take punitive measures against a team's supporters groups as a whole.

MLS contacted Dynamo supporters groups after MLS Cup and knew of our efforts to educate our supporters on conduct and supporters groups plans to establish a supporters union with a code of conduct. Unfortunately the league imposed these sanctions without any further dialogue with Dynamo supporters groups. Furthermore, following the announcement, an MLS official informed us that there is no clear appeals process for these sanctions on Dynamo supporters groups.

These sanctions by MLS serve only to harm the Texian Army and other Dynamo supporters groups at a time when the team needs them the most -- on the road. We feel it also sets a dangerous precedent when the league imposes sanctions against all supporters groups of a team because of the actions of a select group of individuals. We call for further dialogue on this issue and hope that the league will reassess its decision to sanction Dynamo supporters groups.

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