Minute Maid Park History
Located in beautiful downtown Houston, Minute Maid Park transformed baseball in Houston
from the days when they played in the dark, outdated Astordome to the excitement of a state of the art, downtown ballpark.
The Astrodome had been the home of the Houston Astros from 1965-1999, and was built to house both football and baseball. The
Houston Oilers of the NFL, who began playing in the Astrodome in 1968, let it be known that they would leave Houston for Nashville
in order to find the funds for a new stadium. The Oilers made the move in 1996, becoming the Tennessee Titans at the start
of the 1997 NFL season. The Astros were also rumored to be looking to relocate if they did not get a new home, but fourteen
local businesses, highlighted by the infamous Enron and its CEO Kenneth Lay, and government officials helped secure funds
for a new baseball-specific venue in downtown Houston on the site of the old Union Station, the city's rail transportation
hub at the turn of the 20th Century. The railroad was critical to the growth of the city of Houston, and the location is the
perfect place to build one of the defining architectural feats of modern Houston.
Minute Maid Park Events Hosted
it opened in 2000, seeing an Astros game at Minute Maid Park has become of the highlights of things to do in downtown Houston.
The area surrounding the beloved ballpark is thriving, offering fans endless options for pre and post game action. The Houston
Astros recently moved from the National League to the American League, joining the American League West, featuring in-state
foes the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Seattle Mariners. The park has become
more to the city than just the home of the Astros, though. Minute Maid Park also host many events year round, from professional
and international soccer and rugby to concerts from the biggest stars like Houston native Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney
Minute Maid Park Seating Layout
Minute Maid Park was built as a baseball-specific venue,
making sure that every seat has at the perfect view of the action at Astros games. The stadium is known as being hitter-friendly,
offering fans many opportunities to see their favorite player go deep. There are over 19,000 seats on the lower level, with
7,100 on the second level, keeping fans close to the field. One feature not found plentiful in the old Astrodome is the amount
of suites for fans, which number 880 in Minute Maid Park.
Minute Maid Park Trivia
What were the names
of the home of the Houston Astros before it became known as Minute Maid Park in 2002?
When it opened in 2000, the Astros'
new home was briefly known as The Ballpark at Union Station before being changed to Enron Field later that year. The name
didn't last long after the Enron scandal broke and the name of the ballpark was changed in 2002 to Astros Field. The Coca-Cola
subsidiary, headquartered in Houston, bought the rights to the name that same year, making it Minute Maid Park.