Home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park (originally Enron Field) was completed in 2000, replacing the Astrodome. Integrated into the stadium design was the entrance to historic Union Station, built in 1911. The stadium was built at a cost of approx $250 million and can hold over 40,000 fans. The roof at the park is retractable allowing the Astros to play in open air when weather permits; but there is also a huge glass wall on the west side of the stadium to allow in plenty of daylight.
Here's a short video I shot at the park when Willy Tavares was batting then hit by a pitch...http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=2022392696
If you are in Houston for more then one day, you MUST go to a baseballgame. It takes you a couple of hour, but everthing you need to know about Americans you learn there. At the beginning of the game the national anthem, after a couple of innings a workout !!, and during the whole game food and drinks of every kind available. The game is not really exciting when you do not know any of the players, but your game neighbours usually will tell you anything about each of them. Plus the tempo is low so you can have good, nice and long conversations with American men and women.
In 2002 the Astros bought back the naming rights to the field after the collapse of Enron. The field is home to the Astros baseball team. The first game played here was between the Astros and the New York Yankees. The field has a retractable room for indoor/outdoor playing.
There are so many things to do. DOn't forget the Astros, Rockets, Comets, Aero(minor league hockey), Rice university sports, and u of houston sports. Both of those are great in baseball and pretty fun to watch in the football and basketball.
There’s no need to gamble on the weather when visiting Gulf Greyhound Park. Live greyhound racing, simulcast horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering is offered year round, rain or shine. The track’s unique appeal includes Texas’ largest full-service restaurant — four levels of dining and race-viewing options — as well as 318 teller windows, 1,000 closed-circuit televisions and 800 parking spots.
Gulf Greyhound Park is open seven days a week with simulcast horse and greyhound wagering, with live racing Tuesday through Sunday. Evening races Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday; post time 7:30 p.m. Early Wednesday post time 6 p.m. Matinees are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. post time. Also check out special events such as 50-cent Beer Think Thursdays, Friday Senior Citizen Lunch Buffet and the Wednesday Night Family Buffet.
Gulf Greyhound Park is located at Exit 15 off Interstate 45 South, just 20 minutes south of Houston and 15 minutes north of Galveston. For general information, call (800) 275-2946.
Enron Field was opened in 2000 and is an immaculate baseball facility. Capacity is over 40,000 people and there is a retractable roof. The noise in the crowd was great when I visited and the fans seemed friendly. There are air conditioned portions of the facility (lounges etc.) which are heavenly on a hot day when the roof is open.
The year 2000 marks the opening of Enron Firld, new home of the Houston Astros. With 42,000 seats, a roof that retracts in 20 minutes, and a natural grass playing surface, this beautiful new venue is the center of attention on the east side of downtwon, near the George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston's other famous home teams - the Rockets, the Comets, the ThunderBears, the HotShots and the Aeros - thrill their fans with heart stopping games. Excitem,ane has alread begun to build for Houston's new NFL team, who will kick off their first season in a new stadium in 2002. If racing is your game, check out thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing at Sam Houston Race Park in northwest Houston.
Baseball in Houston is a great afternoon or evening out.
The Astros made it to the 2005 Championship but haven't faired so well this year.