Astros home opener to celebrate club's past and present

Exciting pregame ceremony to include newly-elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and batting champion Jose Altuve; fun-filled Street Festival returns; limited tickets available

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros will open the 2015 Championship Season in grand fashion on Monday, April 6, with an exciting and entertaining pregame ceremony prior to the 6:10 p.m. CT home opener vs. the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. The popular annual Street Festival, which includes food, live music and games for fans of all ages, also returns for its 14th season, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Additionally, 40,000 fans will receive a 2015 Schedule Magnet, courtesy of United Airlines.

Opening Day will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN as well as on ROOT SPORTS Southwest, in what will be the regular season debut of the Astros new television home. The Astros flagship radio stations, SportsTalk 790 AM and KLAT 1010 AM (Spanish) will also carry the game live.

Due to the very limited number of seats still available for Opening Day, the Astros have just released Standing Room Only tickets, beginning at $15. Tickets can be purchased for any Astros home game at www.astros.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS.

CEREMONIES TO FEATURE CELEBRATION OF ASTROS PAST AND PRESENT

Newly-elected Baseball Hall of Famer and Astros legend Craig Biggio will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to the Astros first-ever batting champion and two-time All-Star Jose Altuve as part of the pregame festivities. In July, Biggio will make history as the first player ever to be inducted into Cooperstown as a member of the Houston Astros. In addition to taking part in the first pitch, Altuve will also be honored by the Astros for his historic 2014 season, which was one of the best by any second baseman in Major League history. Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan will be on hand to make a very special presentation to Altuve on the field.

Additionally, Astros Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who will be 88 years young later this summer, will make a special appearance during the ceremony before turning over the microphone to popular, long-time Astros TV play-by-play announcer Bill Brown. Brown will then handle the introductions of both lineups, live from the field. Finally, the Houston wing of the Commemorative Air Force will perform a flyover during the National Anthem, performed by Sony Music Recording Artist and America's Got Talent finalist, Emily West.

EARLY ARRIVALS ENCOURAGED

The on-field pregame ceremonies will begin at approximately 5:25 p.m. The Astros strongly encourage fans to arrive early to Minute Maid Park in anticipation of what is expected to be a sellout crowd.

14th ANNUAL OPENING DAY STREET FESTIVAL

Once again, the Astros Opening Day festivities for fans will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the 14th Annual Opening Day Street Festival, which will take place on Crawford Street, presented by Budweiser. This year's festival once again has no admission charge and will have an energetic, fun atmosphere that will include live music performed by the Scooter Brown Band on the Budweiser Stage, performances from Percussion 1 Drumline and the Stomp Factory, an interactive vendor expo, popular local gourmet food trucks, drinks, prizes and activities for all ages. Other activities, including a rock wall, face painters, caricature artists, bungee runs, corn hole, giant Jenga, the Budweiser build-a-bar and more, will also be a part of the event. Astros mascot Orbit will also be in attendance to provide his special brand of entertainment for Astros fans. The Street Festival will also include special appearances by Astros players Collin McHugh and Hank Conger, new manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All activities and appearances are subject to change.

SCHEDULE FOR OPENING DAY - MONDAY, APRIL 6

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 14th annual Opening Day Street Festival on Crawford Street (free admission)

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Pep Rally featuring manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, hosted by Robert Ford, on the Budweiser Stage

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Q&A with RHP Collin McHugh and C Hank Conger, hosted by Robert Ford, on the Budweiser Stage

3:00 p.m.: All gates open to the ballpark

5:25 p.m.: Pregame field ceremonies begin

6:08 p.m.: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros