NRG Stadium’s roof in Houston can’t withstand Hurricane Beryl

Houston- Strong winds from Hurricane Beryl ripped part of the roof off NRG Stadium after the Category 1 storm made landfall in Texas on Monday, leaving a long path of destruction from the Gulf Coast to beyond Houston.

On Tuesday, damage assessments from Hurricane Beryl continued in East Texas. Millions of people across the Houston area remain without power, and temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit through the rest of the work week.

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Aerial photos and video from FOX 26 Houston show that several NRG Stadium roof panels were damaged or completely torn off during the tornadoNRG Park is operated by the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation (HCSCC) and is home to the Texans football team. NRG Stadium was among the first NFL stadiums with a retractable roof.

HCSCC-NRG Park CEO Ryan Walsh confirmed in a statement that NRG Park was damaged by the storm.

“Like many of our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, NRG Park sustained damage from Hurricane Beryl, including the roof of NRG Stadium. HCSCC officials are working with state, county and city officials to assist in recovery efforts throughout the region. This collective pledge requires all of us to work together with a strong commitment to our community. As we assist in these efforts, we are also assessing the extent of the damage to NRG Park facilities. We look forward to seeing our neighbors at NRG Park soon as we return to normal operations,” said Walsh.

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

Damage to the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Beryl.
(FOX 26 Houston)

According to weather stations, Houston recorded wind gusts of at least 74 mph, with higher gusts in the Houston metro area and winds exceeding 90 mph in some areas along the Gulf Coast.

NRG Stadium hosted the Copa America football tournament on July 4.

According to the events calendar, NRG Stadium will host Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey events starting July 19.

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