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Houston is home to four professional sports teams that have given fans plenty to cheer about. The Houston Astros brought the 2005 World Series and the 2004 All-Star Game to the city. The two-time world champion Houston Rockets play downtown in the Toyota Center, which served as the site for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. The NFL's most recent franchise is the Houston Texans, who play in Reliant Stadium, site of Super Bowl XXXVIII (Super Bowl VIII was played in Rice Stadium.) Reliant will also be the site of the 2011 NCAA Final Four Basketball tournament. The city's newest team, the Houston Dynamo, brought professional soccer back to Houston in 2006.

The city has plenty to offer fitness and outdoor enthusiasts, as well. Hermann Park, located directly across the street from the main entrance to Rice, is one of Houston's most beautiful parks. It is home to the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, picnic grounds, a small lake, an 18-hole public golf course and a Japanese garden. Runners also frequent Memorial Park, just west of downtown, which features more than 1,400 acres of bike and jogging trails, volleyball courts, picnic areas, tennis courts, softball, soccer, and rugby fields, and a golf course.

Buffalo Bayou meanders throughout central Houston. The trails along the bayou entice joggers and cyclists, and it features parks all along its length with art installations, volleyball courts, frisbee golf courses, a dog park and even a bat bridge. The Houston Wilderness website also features an interactive map highlighting various outdoor activities in and around Houston.

Students enjoy annual events like the Houston Marathon, Shell Houston Open Golf Tournament, and the U.S. Men's Clay Court Tennis Championships.

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