Astros Sold-Out Home Opener Set for Monday, April 11

Opening Day festivities to include Street Fest, on-field ceremonies, Season Ticket giveaway and more

The Astros return home to Minute Maid Park for the 2016 Home Opener on Monday, April 11 to host the reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. CT. Monday's contest marks the first meeting between the two teams since Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series.

 

While Opening Day is sold out, there are still tickets available for the rest of the 2016 Opening Series, April 12-14, which can be purchased online at www.astros.com/tickets, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767). 

 

Astros fans, it's finally time to welcome Astros baseball back to Houston! Let's give the Royals a series to remember and "orange out" Minute Maid Park! Fans are encouraged to wear their Astros orange for all four games against the Royals, which start at 7:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, April 11-14. Come kick off the Astros 2016 season and show the country what Astros fans are all about.

 

All fans in attendance on Opening Day will also receive a 2016 Schedule Magnet, courtesy of United Airlines.

 

OPENING DAY STREET FEST

The Astros will celebrate the 2016 Home Opener in style with the return of the Opening Day Street Fest, presented by Budweiser, featuring live music, food trucks, games, a vendor expo and much more from 2:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Crawford Street. One of the new attractions at this year's Opening Day Street Fest is the Budweiser Macro Bar, a 53-foot double-decker bar featuring ice cold Budweiser beverages. Astros manager A.J. Hinch, General Manager Jeff Luhnow, pitcher Mike Fiers and other Astros players will also participate in the Opening Day Street Fest Pep Rallies, emceed by Astros radio broadcaster and former big leaguer Steve Sparks. Houston rapper Bun B will also make an appearance on the Budweiser Stage. An Opening Day game ticket is required for entry. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/OpeningDay.

 

ON-FIELD PREGAME CEREMONIES

Following the street festival, fans are encouraged to head to their seats for the Opening Day pregame festivities, including a special ceremony honoring 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa, with special appearances by 2004 NL Cy Young winner Roger Clemens and 1991 NL Rookie of the Year Jeff Bagwell. The Opening Day pregame ceremonies will also include a flyover, courtesy of the Commemorative Airforce; a giant American flag ceremony featuring members of the military, Astros Season Ticket Holders and Astros social media contest winners; performance of the National Anthem by country music legend Clay Walker and more. God Bless America will be performed by Neal McCoy during the 7th inning stretch.

 

OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

2:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Opening Day Street Fest on Crawford Street

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. - Astros pep rally with A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, emceed by Steve Sparks

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Astros pep rally with Astros players, emceed by Steve Sparks

4:00 p.m. - Ballpark gates open

5:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Bun B performance on Budweiser Stage

6:30 p.m. - Opening Day on-field ceremonies

7:02 p.m. - National Anthem performed by Clay Walker

7:10 p.m. - First pitch HOU vs. KC

7th inning stretch - God Bless America by Neal McCoy

 

SEASON TICKET GIVEAWAY

Once again this Opening Day, one lucky fan will win a pair of Season Tickets to kick off the Astros 2016 season. All fans in attendance on Opening Day (April 11) will be entered for a chance to win a pair of Astros 2016 Season Tickets. Fans must be present to win, and will be awarded the tickets as part of the Opening Day pregame ceremonies. 2016 Astros Season Tickets are still available for sale and can be purchased by calling 1-800-ASTROS2.

 

ASTROS FOODIES CONCESSION WINNER

Aramark's Street Eats concession stand will serve the winner of the Astros Foodies fan vote, Hawaiian Pork Tacos, for the entire Home Opening Series vs. the Kansas City Royals, April 11-14. Aramark's Hawaiian Pork Tacos are street-style spicy Hawaiian pulled pork tacos with charred pineapple slaw and a sweet chili drizzle.

 

OPENING SERIES

Astros fans, it's finally time to welcome Astros baseball back to Houston! Let's give the Royals a series to remember. Houston, let's "orange out" Minute Maid Park! Fans are encouraged to wear their Astros orange for all four games against the Royals, which start at 7:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, April 11-14. Come kick off the Astros 2016 season and show the country what Astros fans are all about.

 

The first $1 Hot Dog Night of the season is Wednesday, April 13. Fans can purchase an unlimited number of Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs at $1 each while supplies last (limit of four per person per concession visit).

 

Astros fans can also catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Coca-Cola. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22. Present two (2) labels from any Coca-Cola product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22. Offer good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/value.

 

Make sure to get your little Astros fan signed up for the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club to get in on all of the Astros Opening Series action! Being a Coca-Cola Astros Buddies member includes premium items, exclusive Buddies-only experiences, tickets to an Astros game, newsletters and more. Coca-Cola Astros Buddies memberships are for kids 12 and under. For more information on the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club, please visit www.astros.com/buddies.

 

Following the Opening Series, the Astros host only six additional home games the entire month of April, and presale has shown high demand for those series vs. the Detroit Tigers (April 15-17) and Boston Red Sox (April 22-24). Tickets are still available, but to ensure fans don't miss out on April baseball in Houston, please visit www.astros.com/tickets to reserve seats.

 

SHARE2CARE

Come out and support the Astros Foundation by participating in our new 50/50 Raffle, Share2Care. Fans can purchase tickets through fixed terminals and mobile devices throughout the ballpark during home games at Minute Maid Park. One lucky fan will win big every time!

 

The one winning ticket will be selected each game with the winner receiving half of that game's raffle proceeds and the Astros Foundation receiving the other half. The Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk children and teens.

 

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