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Minute Maid Park

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    On the Run Is Beyonce & Jay Z's Epic Moment

    Talking about the On the Run tour without breaking into cliché is difficult. It goes without saying that any Beyoncé concert in Houston is special. It's, at the very least, a homecoming. When you add in her mega popular husband and set the whole thing in Minute Maid Park, it becomes even more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Jay Z & Beyonce, Invincible Czars, New Mercies

    Jay Z & Beyonce Minute Maid Park, July 18 So far one of the biggest blockbuster tours of 2014, with a top ticket price of $251 to match, has not been a disappointment in terms of drama. Jay Z's elevator brawl with sister-in-law Solange made a fitting prologue, and then came Beyonce's recent onstage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Astrodome: From Elvis to Evel Knievel ... to Green Space?

    Anybody surprised that Astrodome is going to be demolished and turned into green space hasn't really been paying attention the past 25-plus years. The Dome has been a doomed property ever since Harris County gave into Bud Adams' demands to destroy the heart and soul for the building so that he coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Beginning Next Week, Getting Into an Astros Game Will Take Just a Little Bit More Time

    The one thing we're hoping when we pass through Minute Maid Park's new metal detectors next week is that we don't have to take off our belts. The ballpark announced this week that they would be implementing Major League Baseball's enhanced security measure (a measure that'll be mandatory next year ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Best Baseball at Minute Maid Park in 2014: Annual College Classic Next Week

    I want to take a pause from my usual Houston Astros bashing so that I might applaud an event they stage every year. It's time once again for the Houston College Classic, six college baseball teams invading Minute Maid Park for nine games in three days. For only the second time in its history, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    METRORail Update: When Are the New Lines Going to Start Running?

    The expansion of METRORail has at times felt to be moving at a snail's pace, but progress is being made and it appears that all three of the new lines -- plus the extended "downtown" line -- will be in place by the end of 2014, including one much sooner. A few weeks ago, our photographer Groovehous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Top 5 Restaurants Near Minute Maid Park & BBVA Compass Stadium

    Sometimes you just don't want to eat ballpark or stadium food when attending a sporting event, and I don't blame you for not wanting to eat a mediocre hot dog piled with chili that will just make your heart burn by the middle of the game. BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park are quite close to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Top Five-ish Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    As a general rule, unless your team is in the NBA playoffs (I'd say NHL, but most of you wouldn't even know what I was talking about), this time of year can be pretty boring for sports fans. Baseball is still early in the year. There isn't the hint of football save OTAs and college sports are nearly ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 2, 2013

    Cinco de Mayo

    Celebrating Mexican culture with family-friendly events and lots of parties.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    (UPDATED) New Astros Logo & Uniforms Leaked Early by MLB!

    Word was, VIP ticketholders were going to get the first look at the Astros' new uniforms, logos and mascot attire. Friday was supposed to be the day. But Major League Baseball beat the home team to it, pretty much well undermining at least the planned unveiling at Minute Maid Park on November 2. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Nidda and Friends

    You know what'd be interesting? Seeing a Health Department inspection of Minute Maid Park. We worked there a few years back, so nothing the city might turn up would surprise us at all (except maybe Carlos Beltran's personality, or Drayton's buried treasure). I guess when your average nightly attenda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Woodlands Wine & Food Week to Take Place June 4 to 10

    Food and wine lovers, rejoice. Just a few short days away is a big-time celebration of gourmet cuisine and marvelous vino. The annual Woodlands festival, put on by the event-planning extraordinaires at Food and Vine Time Productions, and now in its eighth year, is slated to draw more than 10,000 att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Saturday Night: Battle Of The Bands At Minute Maid Park

    MLB Urban Invitational Battle of the Bands Minute Maid Park February 18, 2012 When I read the words "Battle of the Bands," I am immediately transported to the summer of 1997, when I trained to become a drum major at Texas Southern University. My band director at Jesse Jones Senior High, Mr. Ronald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Madonna Playing Toyota Center October 24

    After her mostly praised Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance - aside from that whole M.I.A. middle-finger thing - Madonna will perform at Toyota Center on Wednesday, October 24, Live Nation announced this morning. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, February 27, at the usual outlets: livenation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Talk about deliciousness. She stole my truck, my mobile hot dog stand... and my heart.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where bright, peppy morning-show humor goes to die. We started the week off right with a look at a classy new Italian joint with the unfortunate n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Astros Allowing Outside Food Inside Next Season: Our Suggestions

    The minor explosions you may have heard yesterday were the heads of Astros' fans imploding over news that new owner Jim Crane could possibly change the name of the franchise next season -- as well as its uniforms, ticket prices and Minute Maid Park's food policies. It's starting to feel like the beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: On Astros' Management Catering to Red Sox Fans

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Houston Astros & Minute Maid Park Begin Process for Covert Name Change

    Craig Hlavaty​Yesterday while filming segments for KIAH's "Newsfix" in the monument park at Minute Maid Park, my camera crew and I came across this sign, defaced for your pleasure. It looked as if the sign had been modified for some time, as there were no pieces of the departed "M" near the sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Astro Fan On-Field Escape: A Critical Appraisal

    The most excitement at Minute Maid Park this year -- bigger even than Carlos Lee's 2,000th hit -- came this weekend with the wild on-field run and escape by an Astros fan. The man was eventually nabbed, but he gave the crowd their money's worth. A breakdown: 0:19: Heads for Tal's Hill. Is this be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Three Sliders, You're Out at Minute Maid Park

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe bowl also makes a cute and handy cat helmet when cleaned. Your cat may feel otherwise, however.​I don't personally understand the appeal of going to the ballpark and getting anything other than a hot dog or a plate of nachos piled high with "cheese" and pickled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Looking Back at This Weekend's Houston College Classic

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree slides across the plate to score a run yesterday against Baylor​The 11th Houston College Classic was played at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and though it's only March, it's probably safe to say that the best baseball to be played in Minute Maid Park this se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    New Astros Scoreboard: It's Installed, and Hideous

    Houston AstrosWe can't wait to see the ads!!​ See that tiny little box to the left in the picture above? That was the TV screen at Minute Maid Park, the one that seemed so big and so annoying as it broadcast endless ads, lame before-game intros, hot-sauce races, Kiss-Cam and hilarious baseba ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Oh, Great: Minute Maid Park To Feel Even More Like Downtown Tokyo

    Get that outdated video screen outta there!!!​A lot of people have their little peeves about Minute Maid Park, whether it's the fake hill in centerfield, the toy train up above, the crummy team wearing Astro uniforms.But we have to admit we've never heard anyone say "I don't think there's enough a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Minute Maid Park's Veggie Menu Gets PETA Love -- With A Side Order Of Carlos Lee Smack

    Put an Astros cap on this dude​The Astros have been dismally unexciting this year -- except when they're playing the equally inept Washington Nationals, it seems -- but they've got PETA on their side.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group whose Venn diagram intersection wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    The Opening Day Street Festival Is in Full Swing

    Photo by Marco Torres​It's not just a nice day out -- it's a nice Opening Day. And the street festival in front of Minute Maid Park is already in full swing.A ton of Clear Channel radio stations are on hand, there are interactive games, Junction Jack is walking around, and later this afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Here's One Vote Against A New Dynamo Stadium

    ​So the Houston Dynamo are upset that Harris County hasn't yet given them money for their planned pleasure palace. Well cry me a river.I'm not sure if the Dynamo have noticed, but there's a rather severe recession going on in the country right now. And though the Dynamo are only asking for ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Despite What ESPN Says, Here Are 25 Things To (Sorta) Like About Minute Maid Park

    Photo by astromark2007ESPN doesn't think much of the fan experience in Houston, especially for the Astros fans, which ESPN ranks at number 68. This ranking is based on things like ownership, coaching, players, bang for the buck, fan relations, stadium experience, affordability, and something called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Seeing The Astros Without Getting Drunk? Umpossible! But Now, Possible

    Photo by Michael (mx5tx)Hey Astros fans. Are you tired of the exorbitant prices you have to pay for booze at Astros games? Well, I've got good news. And I've got bad news.The good news is that the prices might be getting a lot damn cheaper real soon. The bad news is that the reason is that alc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Texans Almost As Bad At Hitting Home Runs As Astros, Charity Event Reveals

    Videos and photo by Craig HlavatyThe guys who get paid to do it aren't exactly tearing the cover off the ball -- the Astros currently rank 24th in the majors in home runs. So it's nice to see some fresh meat in the oddly-shaped confines of Minute Maid Park, even if it does only benefit charity and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    $13 at Picazo

    Where: Picazo, 1421 Preston St., 713-236-1300 What $13 gets you: The first page of the menu. You will be able to take your pick from a pretty wide selection of appetizers, pizzas and soups or salads. Picazo has a little something for everyone, including the over $13 crowd if you stray farther into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Nachos at the Juice Box

    While some fuss has been made over the new food at Minute Maid Park this year -- Aramark is now offering items such as "healthy" salads, fish tacos, various vegetarian items and a rather unappealing-sounding "tumbled Texas chicken" -- it's the classics that people will continue to turn to at ba ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 12, 2009

    St. Patrick’s Day

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Top 10 Moments in the History of Minute Maid Park

    Photo by Bukowsky18 The Houston Astros are asking for our suggestions for the top moments in the history of Enron Field Minute Maid Park as part of the stadium's tenth season. You know me. I love to give my opinions about the Astros. So here are my Top 10 Moments in the History of Enron Field M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Top 10 Moments in the History of Minute Maid Park

    Photo by Bukowsky18 The Houston Astros are asking for our suggestions for the top moments in the history of Enron Field Minute Maid Park as part of the stadium's tenth season. You know me. I love to give my opinions about the Astros. So here are my Top 10 Moments in the History of Enron Field M ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    MLK Grande Parade

    Houston salutes the man with a dream

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso leads the entertainment for this year’s Turkey Day extravaganza

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Madonna, D.J. Melodic and Prop. 8 Protest

    We're gonna give the Queen of Pop top billing and work our way backwards on this glorious Monday... Madonna at Minute Maid Park She came. We saw. She conquered. 1 p.m. at Block 21 for D.J. Melodic Benefit D.J. Melodic and D.J. Sun On Monday, November 3, D.J. Melodic had a heart attack. He is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Slideshow: Madonna at Minute Maid Park

    With a career-spanning set from a punked-up "Borderline" to the outsize mega-disco of her latest album Hard Candy, the Material Girl brought several people at Minute Maid Park to tears last night in her first Houston show in 18 years. Click here for a slideshow, and stay tuned for a review. - Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    This Just In: Madonna Squeezes the Juice Box

    According to Idolator, Madonna will play her first Houston concert since 1990's Blonde Ambition tour November 16 at Minute Maid Park. Ready for this, Uncle Drayton? - Chris Gray

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    58th Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade

    See floats, bands, balloons and more at this “Circus Celebration”

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2007
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    July 26, 2006
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    July 20, 2006

    Ringing Bell

    Chris Bell ain't lookin' for trouble. We recently chatted with Independent gubernatorial candidate/big-black-hat-wearin' Kinky Friedman about his environmental tour, which featured a Houston stop. Well, Democratic candidate/longtime politico Chris Bell has also been on the road this week for an e ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2006
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    August 5, 2004

    Taking It to the Streets

    The Bayou City becomes an urban adventure

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    Center of Gravity?

    Tal's Hill at Minute Maid takes on an uprising

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Polling Place

    Minute Maid Park

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