Astros Overview

Fast facts

League: MLB

Head Coach: Dusty Baker

Team Mascot: Orbit

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 41168

City / State: Houston / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Lone Star Series

Rival Team: Texas Rangers

The rivalry between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers started as an interleague rivalry until the Astros joined the American League in 2013, making it an intra-divisional rivalry. While they no longer compete for the Silver Boot, the stakes are now much higher as the two teams go head to head for the AL West crown.

Astros Tailgate Guide


The atmosphere around Minute Maid Park is a little bit calmer than other parks, but there is still plenty to see and experience while catching a game here. Tailgating is not allowed in the controlled parking lots surrounding the stadium, but there are some good bars in the area that many fans enjoy before the game. Nicknamed “The Juice Box,” what Minute Maid Park lacks in tailgating, the features, and amenities of the stadium and the surrounding town of Houston keep fans coming back.


The Plaza on Crawford Street

The Plaza on Crawford Street immortalizes two of the Astros biggest legends: Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. The statues capture Biggio completing a double play to a stretched out Bagwell and are a must-see for any baseball fan. Have your picture taken with the statues to commemorate your trip to Houston.

Ballpark Tour

Before the game take a tour of Minute Maid Park to learn more about the ballpark and see where the action goes on behind the scenes. No trip to Minute Maid Park is complete without taking a ballpark tour, so arrive early and see the facility in all its glory.

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Where to tailgate

Astros Stadium Guide

In Game

Minute Maid Park may be going on two decades old now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a great place to take in a ball game. The ballpark features countless amenities including a retractable roof and much-needed air conditioning, which allows fans to beat the Texas summer heat.

The stadium is also home to several tributes to the Astros past both inside and outside the park. Before entering the park make sure to check out The Plaza on Crawford Place, which is home to statues honoring Astros legends Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Then once inside the Union Station Lobby is filled with tons of Astros memorabilia.

If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, the action on the field and the scoreboard will. The ‘Stros pull out all the stops to keep fans engaged including a variety of between inning promotions including the Kiss Cam and Missile Cam.

Finally, even if you’re a fan of the visiting team hope the Astros hit at least one home run so you can see the Minute Maid Train in action.

Things to check out

Minute Maid Train

A steam engine filled with Minute Maid oranges adorns the left field wall and moves down its track when the Astros hit a home run or win. Don’t miss the train after every Astros home run as it’s a must-see aspect of any game played at Minute Maid Park.

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Casa Nacho

Make sure to try the Astros fan favorite Monster Nachos, complete with chicken, beans, Pico de gallo, queso, and jalapeno poppers.

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Corona Cantina

Houston is one of three test market cities to offer Corona on tap so be sure to come to this stadium bar to grab one.

Saint Arnold Beer Garden

As Texas’ oldest craft brewery, many fans catch anything from a German beer to an IPA.

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Union Station Lobby

The Union State Lobby is home to many historical mementos from the Astros past. Come check out the displays rotating displays that always have something new to offer.

Home Run Gas Pump

On the main concourse in left field is the Home Run Gas Pump, which has been counting home runs hit in Minute Park since the park opened 2000. Stop by the Home Run Gas Pump on the Home Run Porch and see how many homers have been hit.

FiveSeven Grille

This restaurant dedicated to Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell serves upscale food and cocktails before, during, and after the game. Reservations can be made for two hours before game time, but seating is first to come first serve once the gates open. The restaurant also has a loft upstairs with a tequila bar and pool tables, so stop by and check it out.

The Plaza on Crawford Street

Two Astros greats are immortalized in this plaza: Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. The design of the statues captures Biggio completing a double play to a stretched out Bagwell. Be sure to take your picture with the statues as many Astros fans do

Friday Night Fireworks

Every Friday home game at Minute Maid Park features a firework show. If you want to see some fireworks then make sure to get tickets for a Friday night game.

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Kiss Cam

In the middle of the fifth inning, the Astros entertainment crew breaks out the kiss cam. Get ready to pucker up during the fifth inning as you wouldn’t want to disappoint your fellow fans.

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Missile Cam

On the other end of the spectrum, the missile cam tries to “target” fans wearing the opposing team colors and displays them on the video board. Make sure to wear orange and navy if you want to avoid being on the Missile Cam.


The Astros mascot wanders throughout the stadium giving high fives and doing his signature “bobble-belly” dance or the iconic moonwalk. Astros fans young and old love Orbit, so keep an eye out for him when attending a game at Minute Maid Park.

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Chik-Fil-A Fowl Poles

These yellow right and left field “fowl” poles each have three renegade cows wearing Astros hats and containing the message to “Eat Mor Fowl.” If an Astros player hits one of the poles, cows included, then Chik-Fil-A will give every fan in attendance a free chicken sandwich.

Fight Songs

  1. Deep in the Heart of Texas

    This Texas favorite is played during the seventh inning stretch

    The stars at night – are big and bright
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The prairie sky – is wide and high
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The sage in bloom – is like perfume
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    Reminds me of – the one I love
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The cowboys cry – ki-yip-pie-yi
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The rabbits rush – around the brush
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The coyotes wail – along the trail
    Deep in the heart of texas.
    The doggies bawl – and bawl and bawl
    Deep in the heart of texas.

  2. Won't Be Fooled Again

    Played with fireworks after every long ball that lands in the seats

    We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgement of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again

    The change, it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
    And the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    I’ll move myself and my family aside
    If we happen to be left half alive
    I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
    Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
    Do ya?

    There’s nothing in the streets
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Are now parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!


    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

Astros Bars & Restaurants

  1. Home Plate Bar & Grill

    Mike Speedway Lounge Beer Northstar Bar and Grill Beer Shipleys Tavern Beer Press Box Sports Bar Beer

    Downtown pub across the street from Minute Maid Park popular for pre- & post-game eats & drinks.

    1800 Texas St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. Luigi’s Pizzeria

    OHOP Orono House of Pizza

    Local pizzeria chain serving NY-style pies, plus pasta, sandwiches & gelato, in a relaxed space.

    3700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  3. Wimpy’s Hamburgers


    Best burgers in downtown!!

    632 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Whataburger


    Circa-1950 fast-food chain for counter-serve burgers, some stacked with multiple patties.

    1000 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

    Petes Dueling Piano Bar

    It's a sing-along, clap-along, drink-along, have-one-helluva-good-time-along bar!

    1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Dirt Bar

    Dirt Bar

    "We're Dirt Bar. We play Rock n' Roll."

    1209 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  7. Tejas Grill & Sports Bar

    Tejas Grill and Sports Bar

    Tejas’ menu would be a mix of burgers, unique appetizers, tex-mex, steaks, and salads.

    1201 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - sportsbar - $$

  8. Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    Hearsay Gastro Lounge

    Upscale-casual pub & New American eatery serving innovative drinks in a 1880s brick building.

    218 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  9. Eighteen Twenty Bar

    Eighteen Twenty Lounge

    Welcome to 1820, where all worries and fears die.

    1820 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. The Grove

    The Grove

    The Grove restaurant offers a modern and elegant urban dining experience unlike anything else in downtown Houston.

    1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  11. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

    Houston Flying Saucer

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Offering a wide variety of imported and domestic quality craft beers.

    705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Bombay Pizza

    Bombay Pizza

    A pizzeria that serves Italian cuisine graced with Indian herbs and spices.

    914 Main St #105, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    asian - italian - pizza - $$

  13. MKT BAR

    MKT BAr

    Casual, urban-chic spot in a market serving wine & beer paired with cafe fare & live music acts.

    1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Lake House Waterside Café

    Lake House

    Beautiful spot to dine with your loved ones.

    1600 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Irma’s Southwest Grill

    Irmas Southwest Grill

    Casual spot for familiar Southwestern eats including fajitas, shrimp tacos & combo platters.

    1475 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  16. Hubcap Grill

    Hubcap Grill burger

    Hubcap Grill is known for its juicy burgers, great french fries and old fashioned root beer in the bottle.

    1133 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq

  17. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

    Vic and Anthonys steak

    With an award-winning menu and a stunning selection of wine, Vic & Anthony's redefines every expectation of class and fine dining.

    1510 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$$