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Home of the Houston Astros, 2000 to present

(also known as The Ballpark at Union Station 2000, Enron Field, 2000 to 2002, and Astros Field, February 7 - June 5, 2002)


Capacity: 40,950

Dimensions: Left field - 315 feet Left-center - 362 feet Center field - 435 feet Deepest point - 436 feet Right-center - 373 feet Right field - 326 feet

Hitter or Pitcher Park?: Hitter

First Game (Exhibition): March 30, 2000 - Astros 6, New York Yankees 5

First Game (Regular Season): April 7, 2000 -Philadelphia Phillies 4, Astros 1

Location: Hamilton Street (US Highway 59), Texas Street, Crawford Street (LF) and Congress Street (RF), Houston, Texas

Ballpark Overview: Minute Maid Park is the home of the Houston Astros. The stadium features a retractable roof that can open or close in approximately 15 minutes. When the Astros faced the New York Yankees for the first exhibition game, it was the first time Major League Baseball was played in Houston on real grass and under the sun since 1964. The park was originally called Enron Field. After the Enron Corporation collapsed in a huge scandal, the Astros were able to terminate the naming rights contract with the company and the stadium was briefly known as Astros Field until a new naming rights deal was met with Houston-based Minute Maid. That last deal has led the stadium to be nicknamed the Juice Box.

Unique features of the stadium include the replica 25-ton, 19th-century train filled with giant oranges, an in-play flag pole in dead center and the 30° hill it's placed on known as "Tal's Hill" after team president Tal Smith.

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Enron Field in 2001

Source:

  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)


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