The Astros will host a limited number of socially-distanced fans at Minute Maid Park for the 2021 season. This includes Astros regular season and potential postseason games, college games (Winter Invitational, Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic) and other events.
GENERAL COVID-19 GUIDELINES
BAG POLICY: Bags will not be allowed in the venue for the College Classic. Exceptions are diaper bags, medical bags, clutch purses and gallon bags used for bringing food or drink into the building. This policy applies to all guests and will allow for reduced touching of bag items in the entry process. Guests that bring a diaper or medical bag will be required to utilize one of the bag check lanes and may encounter delayed entry.
MASK POLICY: Masks are required at all times within Minute Maid Park unless actively eating or drinking. Eating and drinking is only permitted at your ticketed seat (not the general concourse). Fans will not be allowed into the stadium without an approved mask. Gators and masks with breathing valves are not approved masks. As of now, a face shield does not serve as a viable face covering. Approved masks include KN95, 3ply, and cloth masks. Per CDC guidelines, children two and older are required to wear a mask.
ENTRANCES: For the College Classic, fans may enter the ballpark through the Home Plate and South Home Plate Entrances along Texas Avenue. All fan entrances will be open for the Astros regular season.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ENTERING: All fans will be subject to health screening upon arrival. Guests will be asked to socially distance while waiting in the gate queue line. The Astros will utilize screening equipment, such as walkthrough metal detectors and tables, at the entry gates in ways to better facilitate social distancing while performing security screening.
TICKETS: At this time, only digital tickets will be accepted. Tickets will be sold in pairs and groups of four. Each group of seats (pods) will be socially distanced from other pods.
MOVING IN THE BUILDING: Social distancing is required when moving throughout the ballpark. We encourage a 6’ distance between you and other parties. Elevator protocols will be posted.
RESTROOMS: Most restrooms around the concourse will be open for events. Capacity signage will be posted outside of restrooms to help control the flow into the restrooms.
CASHLESS SALES: Cash will not be accepted anywhere within the stadium. To account for this, four reverse ATMs will be placed near the existing ATMs on the main concourse (2), club level (1), and upper concourse (1).
What capacity will you have in 2021?
For the College Classic, the Astros will host a little over 4,000 fans per day, spread evenly across the lower bowl. Check back soon for the capacity of 2021 Astros home games.
Do the Astros have city approval to host fans?
Yes, all stadium policies and procedures are in line with all current federal, state, and local guidelines.
Are other Houston teams hosting fans?
The Astros will be the final professional sports team in Houston to host fans. The Houston Rockets, Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo all have hosted fans in the last 12 months.
Will the roof be open more often for safety concerns?
The Minute Maid Park roof will be open or closed based on weather concerns. The stadium’s air conditioning system cools outside air, rather than recirculating air from inside the stadium. For this reason, the Astros can operate the roof as we would for a standard season.
Will seats next to the field be sold?
Select seats adjacent to the field will be sold, although there will be a buffer zone between ticketed seats and the player dugouts and bullpens. Plexiglass may be in place around the dugouts, bullpen or other select locations.
When is the last time the Astros hosted fans?
The Astros hosted over 1,200 socially-distanced fans at the 2021 Winter Invitational from Jan. 29-31. Prior to this event and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Astros hosted over 40,000 fans at the three-day 2020 College Classic. The last Astros game at Minute Maid Park that was played in front of fans was Game 7 of the 2019 World Series with an announced attendance of 43,326.
Are these the guidelines for the entire 2021 season?
No, we reserve the right to update the guidelines throughout the season based on recommendations from local and league health and safety officials.