Last week was the biggest week the brief history of the Houston SaberCats, as the rugby team received approval from the Houston City Council to build a new $3.2 million stadium.
To cap that off, on Saturday the SaberCats mauled the Chicago Lions 61-10 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
The SaberCats will build a 3,500-seat stadium and practice facilities at the Houston Sports Park facility located at Highway 288 and Airport Boulevard. They will start playing there in 2019. They are still looking for a place to play the inaugural regular season, which begins in April.
“We are excited to begin building our permanent home. A place where we can bring our fans close to the action, so they can enjoy this exciting sport of rugby. The future home of the SaberCats will serve well both those that already love the game and the many that will fall in love with Houston’s professional rugby,” Mike Loya, lead investor for the SaberCats organization, said in a press release.
The SaberCats will also build playing fields for youth rugby teams to use and will provide 200 hours of free children’s rugby training annually.
“As important as it is to add a stadium of this size to Houston’s portfolio, the ability to provide a base for community and youth programs for rugby, other sports, and general community outreach is equally important. Even without a place to call home, the SaberCats are already out in the community teaching and coaching at several schools and hosting area-wide combines in an effort to help young players and their coaches make the game enjoyable and safe for everyone involved. With this stadium, which will have three fields, the SaberCats will have a place to expand our engagement with the community and create a fantastic experience for everyone across the City of Houston,” SaberCats President, Brian Colona said.
With their momentum at a high level from the stadium news, the SaberCats went out and destroyed the Chicago Lions 61-10. Justin Allen scored a try in the third minute and it was all SaberCats from then on. Josua Vici, Osea Kolinsau, Skeeter Stevens and Sam Windsor all had trys in the first half as the SaberCats took a 33-10 lead.
Connor Murphy, Windsor, Malachi Esdale, and Cecil Garber scored trys in the second half to make the final score 61-10. Zach Pangelinan was 8-9 on conversion kicks.
The SaberCats are now 4-2 in exhibition play and host the New York Athletic Club on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Constellation Field. The SaberCats are honoring first responders on Saturday with a 20 percent discount on tickets.