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Houston Astros, Opening Day Celebration Monday April 6th

The smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of the ice cream man driving in the neighborhood, and the feel of the sun for the first time in almost 6 months could only mean one thing, baseball season is finally here!  The Houston Astros are taking the field again this coming Monday and will be trying to raise their first World Series Title this year!  Opening day isn’t just about the baseball game, the Houston Astros Organization will be throwing the 14th annual Opening Day Street Festival which will feature plenty of activities to get fans ready to kick-off this new season.

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Opening Day

Your Houston Astros are taking the field for the first time this season Monday April 6th at Minute Maid Park against the Cleveland Indians at 6:10 p.m. CT.  Prior to the game there will be the annual street festival, which includes food, live music and games for fans of all ages.

14th Annual Opening Day Street Festival

The Opening Day celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Crawford Street.  The event is free to everyone and will have live music performed by the Scooter Brown Band, Percussion 1 Drumline and the Stomp Factory.  In addition to the music there will be local gourmet food trucks, drinks, prizes, a rock wall, face painters, caricature artists, bungee runs, corn hole, giant Jenga, and even a Budweiser build-a-bar.

There will also be special appearances by everyone’s favorite mascot Orbit as well as Astros players Collin McHugh and Hank Conger, new manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

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Ceremonies to Feature Past and Present Astros

If the Opening Day Street Festival isn’t enough to entice you to show up early maybe  seeing the newly-elected Baseball Hall of Famer and Astros legend Craig Biggio throw out the ceremonial first pitch to the first-ever batting champion and two-time All-Star Jose Altuve will intrigue you to show up early.  You don’t want to miss two of the greatest Astros take the field for the first time together!

Additionally, Astros Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton, will make a special appearance during the ceremony to turn over the microphone to long-time Astros TV play-by-play announcer Bill Brown.

Finally, the Houston wing of the Commerce Air Force will perform a flyover during the National Anthem, performed by Sony Music Recording Artist and America’s Got Talent finalist, Emily West.

New Mazda Club Level

The Houston Astros will also unveil the completely renovated Mazda Club Level, which will be open to all Astros fans with club or suite level tickets, as well as all game ticketed Mazda drivers as a part of the Mazda Club Level “Key Access” promotion.  The new club level brings improvements to the quality of the concessions and food service available in the ball park and will bring fans closer to the game.  Fans will be able to see a clear view of the field from various points on the concourse, supplemented with new TV’s streaming the game live.

Virtuoso Machines will also be positioned in several locations throughout the Mazda Club Level and will provide an interactive experience for fans as they now have the opportunity to learn more about the Astros team, players, history and updated stats in real time.

Schedule for Opening Day – Monday April 6th

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: 14th annual Opening Day Street Festival on Crawford Street (free admission)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Pep Rally featuring manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, hosted by Robert Ford, on the Budweiser stage

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Q&A with RHP Collin McHugh and C Hank Conger, hosted by Robert Ford, on the Budweiser Stage

3:00 p.m.: All gates open to the ballpark

5:25 p.m.: Pregame field ceremonies begin

6:08 p.m.: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros

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