Houston >Professional Sports > Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.756817 -95.357294
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
I was both shocked and astonished to find Minute Maid Park makes no accommodation for large people for whom the regular seating and standing an entire game is an issue
The Gift of Baseball – If your mom is like mine, she will love to go to the game as a Mother's Day present. She's always cheering for the Astros and getting all decked out even while watching the TV screen. Why not treat her with tickets to the ball park? With a quick stop at one of the restaurants around and maybe a beer in the park, it is just an amazing combination of sports and relaxing. Also, it is much better in person, when you feel the spirit and energy come over you. It is still early in the season and the Astros can only get better and better. This is a very practical gift for a very practical woman. I love my mom and I know that she will love it, especially if the Astros pull off a win. Afterward, we can round out the evening by visiting the Discovery Green and relax in the park while the traffic clears out of downtown.
Simply the Best in Baseball... – I've had the oppurtunity to explore 20 different MLB parks over the past few years, and clearly the "Juicebox" is the best. Parking is as easy as any stadium that I've been to. During the summer it's not unusual for it to feel like 110 or 115, so the roof is very necessary. It's pleasant during April, so it's nice to enjoy baseball outdoors in Houston. It doesn't take long to figure out that the seats are quite small, which is a compromise for the new intimate ballparks. What really makes it the best are the Astros fans. They're loud, but not obnoxious or drunk- for the most part. When the roof is closed, there is no louder stadium in baseball. A visiting fan can easily enjoy a game without any hassle. Love to see all of the unusual fan clubs around the stadium as well. I disagree with all who complained about the price. You've got to be smart and plan for trips to any stadium. I've been there 6 times and everytime spent a reasonable amount of money. Yeah parking is expensive if you park across the street, but you can buy a MMP parking pass for $15 and that makes it sooo easy to get on 59 or 45. Just stop complaining about price. Yes tickets to the dome were cheap, but the food was the same price and tasted bad, and you HAD to pay $20 to park and still had to walk a mile across Reliant Park to get into the dome. Don't even get me started on how long it took to get out of that God forsaken parking lot!!!
This $250 million downtown ballpark is a hit with fans enamored of its retro styling, up-close seating and retractable roof. – The Venue
The spectacular stadium, which opened in March 2000 as the Astros' new home, is built on the site of Union Station, a decaying rail depot, incorporating part of that structure as a cornerstone. There's even a decorative locomotive that chugs across a track above the left-field wall to celebrate game highlights. Criticized by baseball purists for its bandbox dimensions inviting easy home runs (315 feet down the left-field line), the field seems to please the average spectator.
After decades of watching the game on artificial turf under glass at the cavernous Astrodome, fans appreciate the intimate, open-air (when the roof is retracted), real-grass setting. Playing a major role in the revitalization of a once-moribund downtown, Astros Field is developing into a civic as well as an athletic success story for Houston.
Go 'Stros – The Park never fails to show us a good time whether we win or lose....great food, great drinks, great atmosphere. For those who compain about prices, please try going to any other major league sporting venue...you'll notice every place is a little over the top these days. Minute Maid Park is clean, close to the action, modern, and the parking could be a heck of a lot worse!!!! Quit complaining and treat yourself to a game.
Sweet!;) – Minute Maid Park is sweet! Wherever you sit you really have a good view of the field and don't feel like you are miles away from the game like at the Dome.They have plenty of concession stands and gift shops.They usually have activities before and after the game that are interesting or involve the spectator. Also have "freebies" that are pretty cool for the first 10,000 to 15,000 fans etc. Ticket prices are very reasonable. The consessions offer pretty good food with a wide variety.Expensive though.If you sit too deep in right field you can't see the Nice BIG Scoreboard. I recommend sitting as close to the rail as you can wherever you sit. The Crawford Boxes are a plus! Have a great view as well as a great chance of catching a Home Run ball!
To Do – A Must-See in Houston, especially for any baseball fan! The baseball seats at the home plate entrance not only come in handy but are great for picture-taking!
Another opinion – Minute Maid Park is overall a great stadium. We have been season tocket holders since the joint opened. My biggest complaint is the lack of sufficient urinals! If you can't make it through the game, you just as well plan on missing an inning while waiting in line. The rumor is that the park is sitting on land owned by Ken Lay of Enron corruption fame. Evening sunsets make hard to see the first couple innings from the first base side.
Houston Got It Right With Minute Maid Park – Houston has gone the extra mile to assure this multiple award-winning ballpark solidifies its designation as one of the most impressive ballparks. You are guaranteed to feel apart of the action with the upclose seating concept incorporated into every seat in the house. The manual, field level scoreboxes are a pleasant nostalgic throwback, complimented nicely by the massive, eye-catching scoreboard high in right field. Timelessly the Astros Red steam locamotive whistles across the left-field stadium wall, celebrating home team highlights. A spectacle made even more memorable by the adjacent tower of glass providing form (destinguished west face of Minute Maid Stadium) and function (providing well-incorporated source of natural light). Furthermore, the food here continues to receive praise as some of the best ballpark eats around. Few parks have so masterfully recreated the pure fan experience that has made the game America's favorite pastime and current day Astros fans very happy.
Great Park – I have been to many MLB parks and this one is way at the top of the list. The roof retracting in the middle of the game was great. The gift shop was awesome. YOu have great access to get autographs before the game(and Craig Biggio always signs before game). Staf is really friendly. Food choices were great. Yes it is expensive but all MLB park food is. Parking is only bad if you show up 5 minutes before game time. Enjoy this park Houston. It is one if not the best in baseball.
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