Houston Dynamo Media Guidelines

The Houston Dynamo Department of Communications looks forward to working with media during the 2014 season. Please review the following information regarding credentials, access to team functions, interview procedures, team publications and parking at BBVA Compass Stadium. Please note that these rules and procedures are typical of professional press boxes across the country.

Media with 2014 Houston Dynamo full season credentials will have access to all Houston Dynamo home games, including exhibition, friendly, playoff (excluding MLS Cup), international, and U.S. Open Cup games. Dynamo credentials will also be valid for Houston Dash home matches.

Individual Game Credentials
Requests for individual-game credentials must be made at least 48 hours prior to kickoff and e-mailed to the Houston Dynamo Department of Communications at bcrook@houstondynamo.com.

Any member of the media using media passes for unauthorized purposes or any manner deemed unsuitable by the Houston Dynamo will have their credential revoked. All credentials are intended for the working media only and are non-transferable.

Media gate and check-in
Media will enter through the Media Gate (Gate A, on the northwest side of BBVA Compass Stadium, facing Texas St., adjacent to the team store). The Media Gate opens two-and-one-half (2:30) hours before kickoff.  All media must be credentialed with 2013 credentials or day-of-game passes to access BBVA Compass Stadium through this gate.

Day-of-game passes may be picked up at any will call window at the ticket office on the north side of the stadium. Photo bibs may be picked up inside the press box. After the game, media bibs must be dropped off at the press box.

Press Box
The press box is located on the west side of BBVA Compass Stadium. From the media gate, follow the concourse due south and make an immediate left turn. The entrance to the press box and media work room will be near the southwest gate of the stadium, over sections 102 and 103, respectively.  Access to both the press box and media work room will be monitored by security personnel.  Please be prepared to show your media credential to gain access.

Credentialed media will not be allowed to escort anyone who does not have a 2014 Dynamo season or day-of-game credential into the press box or media work room. No exceptions will be made to this rule.

NOTE: The press box is a working area. Only members of the media will be allowed in the press box. Cheering and loud noises of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in expulsion from the press box.’

Postgame locker room and press conference access
For postgame interviews, media may access the locker rooms and press conference room by coming down to the field through the stairs on sections 102 and 103. From there, media must enter through the player tunnel. Locker rooms and press conference room will be located left of the entrance.

Access at games and other team functions
Unless otherwise noted, credentialed media will be granted access to all team-related functions, including practice sessions at the Houston Amateur Sports Park and team press conferences.

Credentialed media will have access to all the regular media areas (press box and locker room) with the exception of the field of play, unless otherwise noted. TV crews are allowed into all regular media areas as well as on the field. Crews are asked to shoot from behind the field boards on the north and south end zones.

Still photographers are allowed in regular media areas, except for the locker room. Locker rooms are off-limits to still photographers at all times.

Freelance photographers will not be granted credentials unless special approval is given by the Houston Dynamo Department of Communications.

Telephone lines
Phone lines are available in the press box and radio booths. Phone lines are for the exclusive use of photographers and reporters. Priority will be given to those colleagues working on deadline.

Team availability
Media will have access to players and coaches after all practices and games. Media wishing to gain access to the team prior to practices or games must first contact the Department of Communications. Training rooms, shower areas, and coaches’ offices are strictly off-limits to all members of the media.

All one-on-one interviews must be coordinated through the Dynamo Communications Department at press@houstondynamo.com. Media members are strongly encouraged not to contact players or team staff directly via phone, e-mail or social media outlets.

Media Parking
Media with full-season parking passes must park in the lot designated on their parking pass. Single-game parking passes will not be available for the 2014 season. Passes must be displayed on the windshield. Parking is not guaranteed in any lot and is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Stadium Address
BBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas St.
Houston, TX 77003
(Texas St. at Dowling St.)

Practice Facility
Houston Sports Park
12131 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77045
(Intersection of Airport and Kirby off Highway 288)

Unless otherwise noted, Houston Dynamo practices are open to the media and the general public. Practice times are normally from 10-11:45 a.m. each day. Practice times and locations are subject to cancellation and/or change. Media are advised to check with the Dynamo Communications Department prior to each day’s scheduled practice.

Team availability
Players and coaches will be available to the media after every practice session, unless otherwise noted.

Off-Limit Areas
The locker rooms at BBVA Compass Stadium are off limits to members of the media. For MLS regular season games, locker rooms will be open to media 15 minutes after the team reaches the locker room following the game.