Just the Facts
Address & Phone:Mailing Address P.O. Box 288 Houston, TX, 77001-0288 (713) 259-8000 Physical Address Union Station at Minute Maid Park 501 Crawford Suite 400 Houston, Tx 77002
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Distances from plate:
- Left field - 315 feet
- Left-center - 362 feet
- Center field - 435 feet
- Deepest point - 436 feet
- Right-center - 373 feet
- Right field - 326 feet
Height of wall:
- Left field - 19 feet
- Left-center - 25 feet
- Center field - 10 feet
- Deepest point - 10 feet
- Right-center - 10 feet
- Right field - 7 feet
- TOTAL - 40,950
- Diamond Club - 259
- Field Boxes - 6,168
- Crawford Boxes - 763
- Bullpen Boxes - 2,326
- Center Field Patio - 74
- Club Level - 4,776
- Mezzanine - 2,337
- Suite Level - 918
- Terrace Deck - 3,316
- Upper Deck - 9,131
- Outfield Deck - 1,677
- Gross Square Footage - 28.97 acres
- Total Square Footage - 1,263,240 square feet
- Building Height - 93 feet
Minute Maid Park is located at 501 Crawford Street on the northeast end of downtown Houston. Situated near the George R. Brown Convention Center, the ballpark is located one block west of U.S. 59 and is bounded by Congress Avenue on the north, Texas Avenue on the South, Crawford Street on the west and Hamilton Street on the east.
HOK Sports Facilities Group. Construction Manager: Brown & Root Services, a business unit of Halliburton Company.
The idea for a public-private financing drive for a downtown Houston ballpark was conceived in 1996. Fourteen leading Houston companies joined together to form the Houston Sports Facility Partnership. The Partnership agreed to provide a $35 million interest-free loan with no repayment due until 10 years of ballpark operation. With the Partnership's initial commitment, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority had the support it needed to present a ballpark proposal to the public in November 1996. Voters approved the $250 million project.
According to HOK's design platform, the most literal tie between Houston's past and its new ballpark is a physical line to Union Station. The building is a symbol of the important role the railroad has played in the city's relatively short history, especially early in the 20th century. The director of Minute Maid Park's identity and graphics takes its cue from this period.
The railroad created Houston. Flourishing trade established a base of wealth and culture, an infrastructure of banks, a port and railheads. By 1910, railroads constituted the city's largest industry. In 1911, Union Station - already key to the rail industry's growth and influence - was redesigned and reopened.
Built at a cost of $500,000 at the corner of Texas Avenue and Crawford Street, Union Station was dedicated on March 2, 1911. It has been estimated that between 7,000-10,000 Houstonians passed through its front doors at the 45-foot-high lobby, which included three varieties of polished marble. By the mid-1940's, Union Station was handling 5,000 travelers daily on 36 passenger trains.
Team officials note that approximately 60 percent of fans enter Minute Maid Park via Union Station. Union Station's lobby features The Shed, the Official Astros Team Store and a café. Walk-up or booked Minute Maid Park tours, offered year-round, also begin in the Union Station lobby.
The second and third floors comprise the AT&T Conference Center, open 365 days a year and providing a wide array of meeting rooms that can provide businesses and organizations with state-of-the-art facilities. Nestled in different areas of the ballpark are additional meeting rooms and areas that provide the perfect atmosphere for a meeting or luncheon.
The Houston Astros executive offices comprise the fourth and fifth floors. The sixth floor features the Roof Deck and Club House at Union Station, where private groups of up to 100 can enjoy the game an incredible view of the Houston skyline.
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees played an exhibition game on March 30, 2000, with Houston winning 6-5. The Astros hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in the first official regular-season game on April 7, 2000, with Philadelphia winning 4-1.
On June 5, 2002, the Houston Astros and The Minute Maid Company announced that they had expanded their relationship to create a long-term marketing and community partnership. The multi-year partnership agreement included naming rights for the downtown ballpark, rechristening the field "Minute Maid Park."
The partnership agreement also stipulated that the popular Minute Maid Squeeze Play attraction at the ballpark will continue for the length of the 28-year agreement, along with pouring rights for products of The Coca-Cola Company, ongoing advertising and marketing programs, and a commitment by Minute Maid to support youth baseball programs in the Houston area.
Houston's downtown ballpark was originally named Enron Field on April 7, 1999, and was renamed Astros Field on February 27, 2002, by agreement of the Houston Astros and Enron Corp.
The Minute Maid Company is an operating unit of The Coca-Cola Company and the flagship of its worldwide fruit beverage business. The Minute Maid Company has been headquartered in Houston since 1967.
A replica of a 19th century locomotive (circa 1860) and linked coal tender became a fast fan favorite in the inaugural season. The train provides an architectural icon which combines sight, sound and motion for a dynamic entertainment and celebration feature. It also proves a link to the past for Houston and the Union Station site. The train was designed by Uni-systems and built by SMI & Hydraulics, which also provided the transporters for the retractable roof. Weighing close to 50,000 pounds, the train runs along some 800 feet along the low roof track on the west side of the ballpark.
Architects from the HOK Sports Facilities Group recommended early on that a retractable roof would be appropriate for the Texas climate. Since building the first retractable-roof ballpark - the Skydome in 1989 - designers have crafted several kinds of retractable roofs. Some, for instance, open only over a Small central section. The roof at Minute Maid Park, however, retracts completely off the ballpark to reveal the largest open area of any retractable roofed baseball stadium in existence today. A total of 50,000 square feet of glass in the west wall of the retractable roof give fans a view of the Houston skyline, even when the roof is in the closed position.
Uni-systems provided the technical expertise to design the best roof structure for Minute Maid Park. Mechanized roof panels open and close in 12-20 minutes. The roof moves back and forth an estimated 160 times a year, a distance of 14.6 miles. To cover the ballpark, steel panels roll in sequence along tracks on the east and west sides of the stadium. When the roof is open, the southern and northern panels, each of which measures 537 by 120 feet and weighs 1,905 metric tons, rest at the north end below the large middle section with its dimension of 589 by 242 feet and a weight of 3,810 metric tons. Designers determined the roof's shape - lower side panels flanking the high center panel - by tracking a batted baseball's hyperbolic flight path.
Forged steel wheels measuring 35 inches in diameter transport the three roof panels. Each of the 140 wheels has its own braking mechanics and 60 are equipped with electric motors.
If the track is slightly out of alignment, all the weight of a roof panel could come to rest on one wheel, causing severe structural damage. To prevent this, a polyurethane suspension pad that acts as a spring is attached above each wheel to distribute the roof's weight. The low track/high track configuration and the roof's built-in glass wall not only offer valuable efficiency, but afford a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape unlike any other roofed ballpark.
Three wall heights, various angles in the corners and power alleys, a 30-degree, uphill slope - "Tal's Hill" - for a center field warning track, and a flag pole in the field of play create unique actions for any ball that gets past an outfielder.
Featuring 419 Tifway Bermuda grass from Milberger Turf Sales, the playing surface covers 6.7 acres or 291,852 square feet. The drainage and irrigation systems include 6,682 linear feet of perforated pipe and 4,406 linear feet PVC pipe, respectively. A total of 78 irrigation heads help make the job for the head groundskeeper his staff much easier.
A total of 400 speaker cabinets are scattered throughout the seating areas and almost 1,000 are found along the concourses. The speakers are distributed throughout the ballpark to have cabinets as close to the fans as possible.
Minute Maid Park is the first major sports facility to feature a closed-captioning board for the hearing impaired. The Daktronics black-and-white matrix board and Daktronics color matrix board present baseball fans with a unique experience at Minute Maid Park. The primary scoreboard, measuring 35 feet by 131 feet, displays player and team stats on the left side while the right features graphics and animation, including the recreation of several of the Astrodome's effects of yesteryear. A speed pitch board, four auxiliary scoreboards and an old-fashioned manually operated scoreboard keep fans on the top of the action in the ballpark and in every other big league venue. The state-of-the-art video board high atop Minute Maid Park is a product of SACO Smartvision, providing fans with unmatched instant replays and special video features and effects unlike anywhere in Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball's 75th Annual All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park was the first time the All-Star Game was played in a venue with Wi-Fi capabilities for fans. Now fans bringing their Wi-Fi compatible devices to the ballpark for Houston Astros games are able to surf the web when they purchase a four-hour time block for only $3.95 per game .
Fans who subscribe to TWC's Road Runner high-speed online service and bring their username and password will automatically receive a 15-minute, no obligation, free trial subscription at every Astros home game they attend this season. Speed Zone visitors do not have to be Road Runner subscribers to take advantage of Road Runner's fast, simple and secure Wi-Fi hotspot service.
Road Runner Speed Zone clients experience the same standard download and upload speeds as Road Runner high-speed online subscribers: 3Mbps down/ 384Kbps up.
In order to transform Minute Maid Park into a Road Runner Speed Zone, Time Warner Cable deployed nearly 100 wireless access points throughout the ballpark using equipment and support from Cisco Systems, Inc., Colubris Networks and NetNearU Corp.
Toll free Speed Zone technical support is available year-round, 24/7 at 1-866-75-SPEED (77333).
An Award Winning Ballpark
In less than one year from its opening, Minute Maid Park won three major awards:
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance,
2000 Good Brick Award
Presented to owner Drayton McLane, the Astros and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority for the renovation of the 1911 Union Station building in recognition of leadership and excellence in historic preservation.
Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project
From the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the professional organization representing the vast majority of civil engineers.
National Honor Award for Engineering Excellence
From the American Consulting Engineers Coucil (ACEC), stamping Minute Maid Park as one of the Top 24 engineering projects among all buildings and civil works projects nationally.
With visually redirected seats and baseball-only sightlines, Astros fans are as close to the action as any in big league baseball. Seats along the right and left field foul lines are only five feet from the line, while the nearest spectator along the first and third base lines can be as close as 43 feet to the game.
The overall seating capacity of Minute Maid Park is 40,950, featuring nine different seating areas: Dugout Boxes, Field Boxes, Crawford Boxes, Bullpen Boxes, Club Tier I, Club Tier II, Terrace Deck, Mezzanine, and Upper Deck. Each of the ballpark's four levels - Main Concourse, Club Level, Suite Level, and Upper Concourse - afford fans a uniquely different perspective.
Minute Maid Park's seats are a deep green to match the retro look and design of the ballpark. Approximately 6,500 seats in the Diamond Level and Charter Seat License areas in the lower bowl and Club Level include cup holders.
Fans sampling the various Minute Maid Park ticket options will find the following at Houston's new ballpark: seats on top of the action, various one-of-a-kind amenities like the Minute Maid Squeeze Play, the patio in center field, and panoramic views of the ballpark and spectacular views of the downtown Houston skyline.
One of the most popular seating areas are the Crawford Boxes, located in left field. This area provides fans with a unique perspective of what it is like to be a Major League outfielder.
The Diamond Club, Club Level and Suites provide the ultimate in entertaining areas, while groups can take advantage of special mezzanine seating and "The Champions" party room. "Home Run Alley" is a 810-foot long fan arcade, including the fan-favorite "Conoco Home Run Porch" in left-center field that is actually over the field of play, and features a classic gasoline pump to keep track of the number of Astros home runs that are hit.
The Astros' Suites, located between the Club Level and Terrace Deck, provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort for watching Major League Baseball. Beautifully appointed with a bar/buffet, socializing area and closed-circuit TVs, the suites offer privacy and comfort for personal and business entertainment. Sliding glass doors open to stadium chairs that are designed to seat guests in two rows.
Inside the ballpark, there is a restaurant located in center field which offers inside or outdoor seating options for fans seeking fine dining. The "Minute Maid Squeeze Play" area along the right field line provides children with a fun, safe, interactive experience. The "Conoco Home Plate Tower" along Texas Avenue is a popular gathering point for fans, and it also features a carillon to provide music at appropriate times of the day.
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Houston Astros Active Roster
|58||Fernando Abad||L-L||6'2"||205||Dec 17, 1985|
|50||Alberto Arias||R-R||5'11"||180||Oct 14, 1983|
|David Carpenter||R-R||6'2"||200||Jul 15, 1985|
|Cesar Carrillo||R-R||6'3"||170||Apr 29, 1984|
|Jorge De Leon||R-R||6'0"||175||Aug 15, 1987|
|66||Enerio Del Rosario||R-R||6'2"||165||Oct 16, 1985|
|28||Nelson Figueroa||R-R||6'1"||180||May 18, 1974|
|47||Jeff Fulchino||R-R||6'5"||285||Nov 26, 1979|
|63||Sammy Gervacio||R-R||6'0"||175||Jan 10, 1985|
|30||J.A. Happ||L-L||6'6"||200||Oct 19, 1982|
|Arcenio Leon||R-R||6'1"||220||Sep 22, 1986|
|22||Matt Lindstrom||R-R||6'3"||220||Feb 11, 1980|
|59||Wilton Lopez||R-R||6'0"||190||Jul 19, 1983|
|37||Brandon Lyon||R-R||6'1"||195||Aug 10, 1979|
|54||Mark Melancon||R-R||6'2"||215||Mar 28, 1985|
|39||Brett Myers||R-R||6'4"||240||Aug 17, 1980|
|20||Bud Norris||R-R||6'0"||225||Mar 2, 1985|
|51||Wandy Rodriguez||S-L||5'11"||195||Jan 18, 1979|
|56||Henry Villar||R-R||5'11"||170||May 24, 1987|
|53||Wesley Wright||R-L||5'11"||175||Jan 28, 1985|
|15||Jason Castro||L-R||6'3"||210||Jun 18, 1987|
|55||Humberto Quintero||R-R||5'9"||220||Aug 2, 1979|
|46||J.R. Towles||R-R||6'2"||190||Feb 11, 1984|
|Clint Barmes||R-R||6'1"||205||Mar 6, 1979|
|16||Matt Downs||R-R||6'2"||190||Mar 19, 1984|
|23||Chris Johnson||R-R||6'3"||220||Oct 1, 1984|
|8||Jeff Keppinger||R-R||6'0"||185||Apr 21, 1980|
|12||Tommy Manzella||R-R||6'2"||200||Apr 16, 1983|
|Jimmy Paredes||S-R||6'1"||180||Nov 25, 1988|
|36||Angel Sanchez||R-R||6'2"||205||Sep 20, 1983|
|29||Brett Wallace||L-R||6'2"||205||Aug 26, 1986|
|19||Brian Bogusevic||L-L||6'3"||210||Feb 18, 1984|
|11||Jason Bourgeois||R-R||5'9"||190||Jan 4, 1982|
|21||Michael Bourn||L-R||5'11"||180||Dec 27, 1982|
|45||Carlos Lee||R-R||6'2"||265||Jun 20, 1976|
|4||Jason Michaels||R-R||6'0"||210||May 4, 1976|
|9||Hunter Pence||R-R||6'4"||220||Apr 13, 1983|
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