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A Guide To Minute Maid Park

April 4, 2013 6:00 AM

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Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77002
Main Line: (713) 259-8000
Tour Line: (713) 259-TOUR
www.mlb.mlb.com/hou

H-Town baseball fans all have one destination in common – Minute Maid Park. Home of the Houston Astros MLB team, this relatively new park opened in the heart of downtown Houston in 2000 (the Astros formerly called the Astrodome home). When the skies are clear, fans enjoy watching the Astros play on natural grass, with the Houston skyline as a backdrop.

On rainy or extra hot days, the park’s 242-foot-high retractable roof is drawn and Minute Maid Park becomes an indoor stadium. To date, the roof retracts to provide the largest open area of any baseball stadium of its kind anywhere. When the climate calls for the roof to be closed, visitors can a still catch a glimpse of the skyline through the west wall, which features 50,000 square feet of glass.

In its first two seasons of operation alone, the park brought in more than six million guests. Another fun feature of the park is the full-sized train that runs along an 800-foot track on the wall above left field. This vintage train is part of a design scheme meant to reflect Houston’s history and its relationship with the railroads. Other historical touches can be seen in the natural grass field and red brick masonry.

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Tickets

Want to see your favorite team in action? Ticket to Astros games at Minute Maid Park can be purchased in a variety of quantities, from single game tickets to six-game flex plans and 27-game mini plans. However, true fans know the benefits of holding season tickets. The ticket office is located on Texas Avenue, on the ballpark’s west side. For more information about game schedules and ticket pricing, visit the Tickets page of the park’s website.

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Ballpark Tours

For true baseball fans, nothing is better than an insider’s look at their favorite team’s home field. Houston Astros fans enjoy ballpark tours that include an up-close-and-personal look at the dugouts, luxury suites, press boxes and Historic Union Station. Tours last about one hour, include roughly one mile of walking, and are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Public tours are offered Monday through Saturday, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., year round. Early bird and specialty tours are also offered. Visit the park’s Ballpark Tours Web page for more details on tours, including pricing information.

(credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Getting There

Minute Maid Park is situated in the heart of the downtown area, contained by Crawford Street on the west, Congress Street on the north, Hamilton Street on the east and Texas Street on the south. U.S. Highway 59/Eastex Freeway runs past the park to the east. It is just a few blocks from Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. Full directions to the park via major area roadways like I-45, I-10 and U.S. 59 can be found on the park’s website.

Parking
Because Minute Maid Park is situated in downtown Houston, finding inexpensive parking isn’t usually a problem if you plan ahead. Many surface lots and parking garages are just a short walk from the stadium, which provide an estimated 25,000 parking spaces within walking distance. If you’re staying at a downtown hotel or dining at a downtown restaurant, ask about nearby parking or shuttle services to the ballpark. Keep some change and dollar bills in your car or wallet to pay for parking meters or lots that require upfront payment.

Gate Hours:
Sunday through Friday, gates open roughly one and a half hours before the first pitch; Saturday, gates open two hours prior to first pitch. For more about parking at Minute Maid Park, as well as a complete gate schedule, visit the park’s Parking page.

– Amber Hilton
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