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Astros Opening Day Nearing Sell-Out

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If you are planning on attending the Houston Astros Opening Day vs. the Seattle Mariners, you better act fast. Tickets for the ‘stros game are nearing a sell-out. It is obvious why standing room only tickets are practically the only tickets left when you look at the planned festivities to take place in Minute Maid Park. Not to mention the hype that comes when Sports Illustrated predicted your team to win the World Series.


Opening Day Festivities

Opening Day Street Fest returns to Huston as live music, food trucks, games, inflatables, photo booths and countless vendors will be featured. Before the game, manager A.J. Hinch, General Manager Jeff Luhnow, radio broadcaster Steve Sparks and currently unnamed Astro players will take part in a live Q&A.

Following Street Fest, the pregame ceremonies will begin at around 6:30 P.M. Jose Altuve will be given the Rod Carew Award for being crowned the 2016 AL Batting Champion. Altuve will be the first to receive this award. Altuve will also be taking home the Silver Slugger Award he earned.

Once Altuve is given his new hardware, the Ceremonial first pitch will feature a “passing of the Hall of Fame torch.” Class of 2015 Hall of Famer Craig Biggio to newly-inducted Class of 2017 Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. The two, known as the Killer B’s, are the first in history to represent the Houston Astros in the Hall of Fame.

Finally, one lucky fan will win a pair of Season Tickets. All fans in attendance on April 3 will be automatically entered for a chance to win said season tickets. The winner of the tickets will be announced as part as the Opening Day pregame ceremonies.


Astros Opening Weekend

The first home stand for the ‘stros in 2017 will be from April 3 all the way through April 9. From April 3-6, they will battle AL West rival Seattle Mariners. From April 7-9, they will host the Kansas City Royals. For the home stand, fans are encouraged to take part in the “Orange Out” by wearing orange Astros gear. The Orange Out will take place for all seven home games.

Taking notice the moves the Astros front office made this off-season, it’s clear they entered a win now mode, and it could very well happen. And it’s obvious the fans see it too due to the near sell-out. Should be an exciting 2017 for not only Astros fans, but baseball fans.