In 2017 the Houston Strikers, a long-running local Houston rugby team, became one of the founding members of Major League Rugby (MLR), a professional Rugby league with teams in Houston, New Orleans, Austin, Glendale (Denver), Utah (Salt Lake), Seattle, and San Diego in the 2018 inaugural season. With the move to MLR, the Strikers rebranded themselves as the Houston SaberCats reflecting the team management’s view that a team from Houston needed a name which would reflect the strength of the City itself and that our proud fans would embrace.
Soon after, with enthusiastic support from Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston City Council agreed to contribute $3.2 million toward construction of a new, 3-field, purpose-built Rugby complex complete with seating for 3,200 patrons, concessions, locker room facility and other amenities to create an exciting new sports destination for the City of Houston. The ownership group of the SaberCats is adding over $10 million to the City’s $3.2 million in funds to make this dream a reality.
In July 2018, the SaberCats and AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, announced AVEVA as Principal Sponsor of the team with naming rights to the new AVEVA Stadium as well as the right to have the AVEVA logo emblazoned across the front of each SaberCats players’ jersey. The SaberCats are proud of this partnership with AVEVA and are excited to grow together in our common home, AVEVA Stadium. Construction of the stadium is underway since June but the record-breaking rainy weather since the beginning of September is challenging the team’s goal of being finished in time for the 2019 MLR season.
The SaberCats’ journey on the pitch began with a 9-match Exhibition Season beginning in January 2018 at Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters baseball team and was followed by an 8-match MLR Regular Season played at Dyer Stadium. In 2019, the Cats are looking forward to playing in their new home at AVEVA Stadium and we know our fans are going to love this new venue as well. We can’t wait to show it off.
The SaberCats’ roster is a tremendously talented group with a fantastically diverse background which reflects the values of the sport, the team, and of MLR. For more information about our players, go to the team page.
We’ll see you in 2019 at AVEVA Stadium – join us there and GET UNCAGED !
GO CATS GO !!!
Major League Rugby
Beginning in 2018, Major League Rugby brings the highest level of American rugby to fans across the US.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in America and rugby’s domestic growth and wide-reaching global fan base combine to create a unique environment for a professional league in the American market. The US rugby story is uniquely American. From its early days as a sport with US roots primarily in the Northeast, rugby now reaches from coast-to-coast and is championed by thousands of local men’s, women’s and youth clubs competing at all levels. Major League Rugby will build on the US rugby story by uniting these fans under a common banner as rugby enters the American sports mainstream.
Teams from Houston, New Orleans, Austin, Glendale (Denver), Salt Lake, Seattle and San Diego make-up the founding sides of the MLR and the League is already on its way to expanding in Season 2 with teams from Dallas and New York already fully-in. MLR is also in talks with additional teams from other important rugby cities and are excited to bring them onboard to expand the League, grow the rivalries, and treat our fans to a wider-range of amazing rugby action.
Director – Team and League Affairs
Director – Marketing and Sponsorships
Ticket and Event Sales Manager
Director – Team and Stadium Operations