With the victory from 2004's Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2005ísMajor League Baseball's All-Star Game, the 2003 Tennis Masters Cup and the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, Houston has moved itself as a sports target. And the trend will continue. Houston has secured major future events such as the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four and the 2011 Senior Olympic Games. Houston also has three stadiums all less than five years old, the newest expansion teams in the NFL and MLS (Major League Soccer) and the 2005 MLB National League Champions. Houston was ranked 6th best sports city in the U.S. by Sporting News in 2005.
Individuals can also enjoy nationally well-known, annual events such as Houston Shell Open Golf Tournament, Houston Marathon, the U.S. Menís Clay Court Tennis Championships, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which is the largest rodeo in the world.
Houston rates first among the nationís 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland and second in park acreage per capita, according to a 2007 study by The Trust for Public Land. Hermann Park is one of Houstonís most beautiful parks and is home to the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, picnic areas, and a small lake. Memorial Park, just west of downtown, also has 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.