Houston College Classic tickets on sale Tuesday

HOUSTON, TX —  Minute Maid Park will again host one of the most highly-competitive, early-season college baseball tournaments in the country when the 2012 Houston College Classic, presented by Ticketmaster, returns from March 2-4.

The six-team tournament enters its 12th year at Minute Maid Park and will feature hometown schools Rice University and the University of Houston, who will be making their annual entry into the tournament. This year’s field also includes Texas, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Tennessee. Three of the teams in the tournament are ranked nationally among the top 10 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s 2012 pre-season poll, including No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Rice and No. 8 Arkansas.

The 2012 tournament marks the fourth consecutive year that the Houston College Classic field has included at least three teams ranked nationally in the top 25 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s pre-season poll. The last time the tournament hosted three teams ranked 10th or higher was in 2009 when the field included four teams in the top 10.

Select tickets for the Houston College Classic are available beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and can be purchased online at astros.com/collegeclassic or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-9ASTROS. Tickets may also be purchased at all of the Astros regular Houston-area Ticketmaster outlets.

Beginning tomorrow, $13 daily admission tickets as well as $30 three-day tournament passes will be available. Children’s tickets (ages 4-14) are $6 daily and $15 for the tournament. Season ticket holders (27-game packages and up) are offered a half-price discount for tournament ($15 per package) and daily admission tickets ($6.50 per day). Reserved seating is also available for evening games in the Club Level for $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Luxury Suites can be purchased for the entire tournament or on a daily basis by calling 713-259-8350.

The popular College Classic Coca-Cola Student Value Package is also available for purchase online. This special ticket option, available to high school and college students and kids from ages 4-14, includes a day pass, a voucher for one 16-ounce Coca-Cola product and a regular hot dog for only $10.

The Minute Maid Park Box Office will sell Houston College Classic tickets from Monday-Friday, beginning on  Jan. 30, between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The MMP Box Office will sell reserved seating in the Diamond Club for $30 per game (subject to availability) in addition to all ticket options listed above.

Parking for the tournament will be available in the Astros controlled parking lots B and C for $5 each day.

2012 Houston College Classic Schedule*

Fri., March 2      Texas Tech vs. Arkansas            Noon

                                Tennessee vs. Houston              3:30 p.m.

                                Texas vs. Rice                                   7 p.m.

 Sat., March 3    Arkansas vs. Houston                 Noon

                                Texas vs. Tennessee                     3:30 p.m.

                                Texas Tech vs. Rice                       7 p.m.

 Sun., March 4   Arkansas vs. Texas                        11 a.m.

                                Houston vs. Texas Tech             2:30 p.m.

                                Rice vs. Tennessee                        6 p.m.

 (home teams listed second)

* - times subject to change