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Opening in 2000, Minute Maid Park is the third ballpark the Astros have called home, the most famous being the Astrodome, dubbed as the "Eight Wonder of the World" when it opened in 1965. The Astrodome, a dome multipurpose stadium, allowed Astros fans a way to escape the Summer heat by coming inside to watch baseball. However, by the 1990s the stadium lacked amenities of the new retro ballparks built in baseball: it had an Astroturf field and many of the seats were far away from the field. The Astros struggled to receive support for construction of a new stadium during this time and their future in Houston looked bleak as Astros owner Drayton McLane threatened to sell the club to Bill Collins who would have moved the team to Northern Virginia. In November 1996, voters approved a referendum to provide funding to construct a new ballpark for the Astros in downtown Houston. A 25 acre site in downtown Houston where Union Station, a former rail-passenger terminal, is located, was chosen as the site. Constructed of the steel and concrete with a brick and limestone exterior, construction began on October 30, 1997. The design of the ballpark was greatly influenced by the surrounding neighborhood including the 1911 vintage Union Station that forms the ballpark's main entrance in left field. In order to continue to provide relief from the extreme heat of Summer, but to also allow for outdoor baseball in the Spring, the ballpark features a retractable roof. Consisting of three panels it can open or close in 20 minutes. The retractable roof also features a 50,000 square foot sliding glass door that opens and closes along with the roof. This provides fans a view of the Houston skyline whether or not the roof is open.

On April 7, 2000 the Houston Astros played their first game at the ballpark in front of 40,963 fans. It was originally known as Enron Field before Enron Corporation went bankrupt. In 2002 the facility was known as Astros Field, then received its current name, Minute Maid Park, when the Minute Maid Company purchased the naming rights. Four levels of green seats extend from the left field foul pole to home plate and around to the right field foul pole. Two levels of seats are located beyond the right field fence. The 54' x 124' HD video/scoreboard is located above these seats. Over 2,500 seats, known as the Crawford Boxes jut out into left field, making the distance to it just 315 feet at the left field foul pole. Along with views of downtown Houston, a 57-foot, 24-ton full-size replica of a 19th-century Wild West steam locomotive runs on an 800-foot track located above left field. In dead centerfield is the ballpark's most distinct feature, Tal's Hill, a 20 degree angled hill, measuring 90 feet at its widest point with a flagpole in play. Minute Maid Park has many other attractions including the Phillips 66 Homerun Alley, located behind the left field seats and wall features images of memorable moments in Astros history, allows fans the chance to catch a homerun ball or to take a picture with an old fashioned gas pump that counts the number of homeruns hit at the ballpark. Fans can purchase Astros gear at The Shed, the official store of the team, located in Union Station. Kids can have fun at the Minute Maid Squeeze Play area, playing a variety of interactive games and more. Other attractions at the ballpark include the FiveSeven Grille, a bar and grill opened in honor of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. A trip to Minute Maid Park is a must for any baseball fan or for a family looking for a fun time.

FACTS & FIGURES

-Tenant: Houston Astros
-Capacity:
40,963
-Surface:
Grass
-Cost:
$250 Million
-Opened:
April 7, 2000
-Dimensions:
315-L, 362-LC, 435-C, 373-RC, 326-R
-Architect:
HOK
-Owner:
Harris County Sports Authority
-Former Name(s):
Enron Field (2000-'01), Astros Field (2001)
-Naming Rights: Coca Cola, $6 million/year through 2030
-Public Financing:
68%: $180 million hotel/rental car tax
-Private Financing:
32%: $52 million from Astros, $35 million private investors
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World Series: 2005

All Star Game: 2004

Barry Bonds 70th homerun on October 4, 2001.

Craig Biggio collects his 3,000th hit on June 28, 2007.

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