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Houston Astros Season Updates

The Astros are excited to welcome fans back to Minute Maid Park for the 2021 season. As you make your decision to come to a game, please take into consideration these guidelines.

Health and Safety Protocols


The Basics

Masks are Mandatory

Masks must always be worn by all guests age two and older except when actively eating or drinking in your ticketed seat. Gaiters, masks with breathing valves and face shields do not serve as a viable face mask. Masks must be worn properly and cover face and nose.

Social Distancing

Fans will be encouraged to maintain social distancing during entry and around the concourses. Certain sections of the ballpark are reserved for social distanced seating. In those areas, social distancing is required also.

Stay Home if You’re Feeling Sick

People who have tested positive for, or displayed any signs or symptoms of, COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or are at high risk of contracting the virus must stay home. Before entering the facility, you will be asked if any of these are known to be true.

Wash and Sanitize Your Hands

Wash your hands frequently and utilize the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the stadium.

Protect the Team

Player autographs will not be allowed inside MMP. Please do not congregate near the dugout or field and refrain from sitting in someone else’s seat.

Protect the Fans

To protect the fans, thorough cleaning and disinfecting measures using CDC approved cleaning supplies and disinfecting protocols will be used throughout the season.

Entry Protocol

Entering MMP

On game days, all entrances to MMP will be available for fans to use beginning two (2) hours prior to First Pitch. Please note that only half of the walkthrough metal detectors will be used to account for social distancing. Please plan accordingly.

Leave Your Cash at Home

MMP is going cashless! Cash will not be accepted inside the stadium or at Astros-owned parking lots. 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).

Leave Your Large Bag at Home

For everyone’s safety, bags exceeding 16” x 16” x 8” and backpacks are not permitted inside Minute Maid Park. All bags will be searched upon entry. See full Bag Policy for details.

Outside Food and Drinks

Fans can bring in one (1) clear, plastic one-gallon sized bag with outside food and one (1) factory-sealed clear plastic water bottle, no larger than one liter.


Box Office and Will Call

The Box Office will be open for ticket resolution only. All ticket sales must be conducted online or by scanning the QR code on display at the Box Office. Will Call will not be available. Ticket transfers can be completed electronically via the MLB Ballpark app or through your MyTickets account.

Social Distanced Seating

Parts of these seating sections have been designated for social distancing: 109, 131, 133, 305, 309, 333, 334, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 413-414, 417-418, 421-422, 424-425, 427-428, 430, 432-434

Socially distanced seating is available in pods of up to four (4)

Mobile Tickets

You can access your tickets via the MLB Ballpark app. Make sure you have downloaded and logged into the MLB Ballpark app before arriving at your gate to prevent delays.

Ticket Holder Information

View details of being a ticket holder as it relates to pod integrity and ticket utilization during the COVID-19 Pandemic. View Now


What capacity will you have in 2021?

Check back soon for the capacity of 2021 Astros home games during the month of April.

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 socially-distanced fans at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic from March 5-7. 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.