I’ve visited 28 different stadiums* so far, just having executed a whirlwind Texas Two Step to Houston and Arlington.
Only five more stadiums to go.**
Now, let’s look at the 27th one I’ve visited. We went to two games.
Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas) – Home of the Houston Astros
The stadium is right downtown. We stayed at Embassy Suites, a mere 10 minute walk, through a nice little city park affectionately dubbed Discovery Green.
In Center Field, for some reason there is a large bump or hill, called Tal’s Hill with a flag pole in the middle. It pisses outfielders off. I like quirks that make no sense. Good job, Houston, for showing us your bump.
They closed the retractable roof for the second game. So refreshingly cool inside, so hot outside.
St. Arnold’s Brewery, local to Houston, had a big stand selling their beers. Their beers were found everywhere in the stadium. All of which were wet and good.
We had a friendly grasshopper hanging out until the kids in front of us abused it too much and it hightailed it out of there.
The outside facade probably had a nice color scheme. If I were into that sort of thing.
I’m a Seattle Mariners fan. The Mariners lost both games we attended. Badly. They only missed the playoffs by one game. Just saying.
It is always hot and sweaty during the game. When the roof is open…like the first day…yikes! And this was September, so it’s not really the bad part of the year.
Not a lot of bars and restaurants nearby. You have a walk a bit.
I don’t think too many people go to see the Astros…and the people who were there were discussing the Houston Texans game.
Verdict: A solid stadium and worth a visit. Doesn’t do enough to be in the top 10 that I’ve been to, but there is nothing wrong with it and Astros’ fans (such as they exist), should take pride in it and attend more games!
Next: Globe Life Park in Arlington
* Mathletes take note: There are 30 MLB teams. I’ve been to two DIFFERENT stadiums for three teams (Seattle, Texas and Washington).
** Remaining: Kansas City, St. Louis, Colorado, Arizona, San Diego