Located in downtown Houston, Minute Maid Park is definitely a good place to watch a ballgame. And more accessible by public transportation, if you have the patience for it.
The ballpark first opened in 2000, originally named Enron Field. When the Enron scandal happened, the name was temporarily changed to Astros Field, before changing to its current name, Minute Maid Park.
There is a train that runs whenever the Astros hit a home run or win the game, or before the start of the game. One of the carts is filled with oranges, in reference to its current name, as it is sometimes called the "Juice Box". Sometimes, you can see a guy being the engineer inside it.
Being that it is almost always hot and humid in Houston during the season, the most notable feature is the retractable roof. But rarely, it will be opened, so most game days, it will be closed. And this ballpark is air-conditioned. But it can get chilly as the air-conditioners are put on full blast.
On the side of the ballpark, is Union Station. Currently a historical landmark and the main entrance of Minute Maid Park, it was part of the reason why the ballpark was built downtown instead of the location of its previous home, the Astrodome. The city was planning to renovate Union Station, and decided to tie both projects together.
Inside, there is a small museum on the Houston Astros, and the station as it looked back then. On display are past jerseys, and some history on the team and some artifacts from the Astrodome. Definitely worth a look.
Outside the stadium, there is the Astros Walk of Fame. Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it has plaques of past Astros players, like Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan.
Overall, this is a nice and cool place to watch a ballgame, and something to do indoors, especially if it's hot and humid outdoors, which is almost always the case during the season in Houston. Plus the little museum inside Union Station, makes a visit to this ballpark, worthwhile for baseball fans.
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