After three preseason games away from home, the expansion Houston Texans finally got to open Reliant Stadium on August 24, 2002, against the Miami Dolphins.
It was the first NFL game in Houston since the Oilers left for Nashville at the end of the 1996 season. Reliant Stadium was the league’s first stadium with a retractable roof, a feature that has become commonplace with new stadiums since.
Head coach Dom Capers relied on a veteran defense for the expansion club and handed the keys to the offense over to quarterback David Carr, the top overall pick in the draft. The Texans would post a 4-12 record in 2002 but most fans will remember the first game, played two weeks after this one in the same electric atmosphere.