A look at some of the top sports arenas in Houston

Die-hard and casual sports fans alike might enjoy a trip to a local arena to watch a competitive contest, and Houston offers a variety of opportunities to its residents. When you purchase one of the homes for sale in Houston, you can watch live baseball, basketball and football at venues across this metro.

Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros, and is located in the northeast end of the downtown area at 501 Crawford Street. This stadium opened its doors on March 30, 2000, and has received several accolades for its innovative design.

This park is an ideal spot to watch your hometown Astros, and has special amenities and features that help it deliver a one-of-a-kind baseball viewing experience. This stadium includes a 19th century locomotive that weighs close to 50,000 pounds and runs along roughly 800 feet of track in the west end of the ballpark.

The Minute Maid Squeeze Play area provides a fun, interactive spot for kids along the right field line. Additionally, check out the Conoco Home Plate Tower along Texas Avenue, which features a carillion that plays music at different points during the day.

Toyota Center
Located at 1510 Polk Street, the Toyota Center serves basketball fans as the home of the Houston Rockets. In February 2013, this venue will become the basketball capital of the world, as it will host the 62nd NBA All-Star Game.

"Houston is a spectacular sports city," NBA Commissioner David Stern said. "NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again."

This facility has been the Rockets' home since October 2003, and drew over 1.5 million fans in its first year. When the basketball season ends, this venue features awards shows, concerts and other entertainment available to local residents. This summer, you'll have the chance to see Aerosmith, Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige and many other artists at the Toyota Center.

Reliant Stadium
Visit Reliant Stadium at 1 Reliant Park to watch your Houston Texans, along with high school and college football. This venue includes a retractable roof, which makes it comfortable for visitors to enjoy gridiron gangs battle it out indoors and outside. It features a seating capacity of 71,500 and stretches 1.9 million feet in total.

In February 2004, Reliant Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII, and many local fans cheered loudly when the Texans recorded their first home playoff victory earlier this year. Take a trip to this venue to watch the hometown squad battle it out against some of the NFL's top teams this season.