Minute Maid Field was built to house the Houston Astros baseball team and was opened in 2000. It was the city’s first retractable dome stadium. While the Astrodome (the home of the city’s celebrated Livestock Show and Rodeo) was the first domed stadium, its roof did not retract. Additionally, the Astrodome had artificial turf. The Minute Maid Park team and almost all other ballplayers preferred the natural grass under the retractable dome.
Houston Astros tickets give you entry to one of the most popular sports in the United States, and home games are important events in the city. Minute Maid Field is located in Downtown Houston in the very center of the city and home to many attractions. There are dozens of hotels near Minute Maid Field, and this is also the heart of the city’s nightlife, its theater district (including the Grand Opera), and major shopping areas. The area is home to venues for numerous large events, including the Toyota Center and Convention Center, and Houston Astros games bring out large crowds. Get your Houston Astros tickets well in advance and plan your time around the crowds and traffic.
Minute Maid Field has been known under other names. The former Union Train Station is now part of the field's main entrance. Trains and the railroads played a big role in Houston’s history. The field and the station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and today a home run or a winning Astros game sets a train along part of the stadium wall. In deference to the field’s namesake and its most important product, the tender of the train is filled with huge oranges instead of coal. The field was originally named Enron Field, after another sponsor, the Houston-based energy company. A new name was sought after the corporate financial scandal and Enron’s dramatic failure. Minute Maid (also Houston based) won the right to rename the stadium in 2002. The field has been variously called the Ballpark at Union Station and Astros Field. After the Enron scandal, cynics referred to it as “The Field Formerly Known As The Enron Field.” Since its name was changed to Minute Maid, many call it by its new nickname, “The Juice Box.”
In addition to individual game tickets, season tickets, and various discount tickets for regular season games, you can obtain Houston Astros tickets for some or all of the team’s Spring Season games. These are played at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida. This is the site near attractions such as Sea World Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort, and Universal Studios. Many spending their spring vacations in Florida will include these games in their itinerary.
Houston Astros games are not the only events held at Minute Maid Field. In March, you can attend the College Classic to watch local popular college teams bat it out. Major institutions include Rice University located in the Museum District and the University of Houston in the downtown area. Rice University, in fact, boasts one of the finest university art museums in the United States, so you can combine a ball game with a visit to the museum. Additionally, there have been football, soccer, and rugby matches played here. Occasionally, concerts are held here.
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