Ike blew a couple of roof panels off Reliant Stadium, even though everyone was told the stadium would be able to withstand much stronger winds than that.
The missing panels didn't bother the Texans, who have played home games there. (Unless you want to blame the notorious collapse against the Colts on the roof.)
But while manly football can be played under a holed-out roof, it turns out other things cannot.
Like Disney on Ice.
Disney announced today that, due to Ike damage, the upcoming shows (tickets on sale tomorrow!) will be moved from Reliant Stadium to the smaller Reliant Arena.
Kay Vincent, a spokesperson for the event, tells Hair Balls the issue is the roof can't be closed, and that wreaks havoc with lighting an intricate stage show (No, it's got nothing to do with ice melting.)
So the show will be moved to the more intimate arena. Which is better for the audience, we guess, but not so good for the stadium's reputation.
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SHOW ME HOW
Here are the things that can't be done in Reliant Stadium:
Audiences will swing to the beat with Baloo through the Jungle Cruise, fly like a space ranger through Space Mountain with Buzz Lightyear and spin wildly through the Mad Tea Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Comedy ensues as Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles experience popular Disneyland attractions like the Haunted Mansion, "it's a small world" and Pirates of the Caribbean in a laugh-out-loud ice spectacular. And just when things get a little too crazy, the audience helps the Incredibles save the day!
Man, are we glad our kid has grown out of this kind of stuff.
-- Richard Connelly