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2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic

The 18th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will be held from March 2-4, 2018.

The three-day, six-team, nine-game tournament, which is held at Minute Maid Park every spring, will feature three programs from local universities, including the University of Houston, Sam Houston State and Louisiana, and three from the SEC, in Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. All nine games over the weekend will pit a local university against an SEC opponent.

2018 Schedule

Friday, March 2

  • 12:00 pm - Vanderbilt vs. Sam Houston St.
  • 3:30 pm - Kentucky vs. Houston
  • 7:00 pm - Mississippi St. vs. Louisiana

Saturday, March 3

  • 12:00 pm - Sam Houston St. vs. Kentucky
  • 3:30 pm - Vanderbilt vs. Louisiana
  • 7:00 pm - Houston vs. Mississippi St.

Sunday, March 4

  • 11:00 am - Louisiana vs. Kentucky
  • 2:30 pm - Mississippi St. vs. Sam Houston
  • 6:00 pm - Houston vs. Vanderbilt

Premium Tickets

Access the most exclusive seating area at Minute Maid Park with tickets to the Diamond Club. Situated directly behind home plate, Diamond Club Seating includes large cushioned seating for watching the game action and access to the private club. Tickets are sold on a per game basis in the Diamond Club and include general admission access to the remainder of the ballpark for the whole day.

Friday, March 2 Premium Tickets

Game 1

  • 12:00 pm - Vanderbilt vs. Sam Houston St.

Game 2

  • 3:30 pm - Kentucky vs. Houston

Game 3

  • 7:00 pm - Mississippi St. vs. Louisiana

Saturday, March 3 Premium Tickets

Game 1

  • 12:00 pm - Sam Houston St. vs. Kentucky

Game 2

  • 3:30 pm - Vanderbilt vs. Louisiana

Game 3

  • 7:00 pm - Houston vs. Mississippi St.

Sunday, March 4 Premium Tickets

Game 1

  • 11:00 am - Louisiana vs. Kentucky

Game 2

  • 2:30 pm - Mississippi St. vs. Sam Houston

Game 3

  • 6:00 pm - Houston vs. Vanderbilt

Ticket Info

Seating areas:

  • Lower level, Suites, Diamond, Insperity, Bud Brewhouse, Lexus Field Club
  • Lower level is GA, good for all three games each day
  • All other areas ticketed by game
  • Fans can purchase premium tickets or group tickets, for groups of 20 or more, by calling 713-259-8030.

For interest in hosting a special event at the ballpark over the weekend, please call 713-259-8800. Student tickets will also be available for the tournament, but will only be sold once the box office opens in January.

First Pitch Luncheon

First Pitch Luncheon
Thursday, March 1, 2018
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Minute Maid Park

Join the Astros Foundation to celebrate the start of the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at the First Pitch Luncheon. Participating teams' head coaches* will join patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children to discuss the weekend's matchups and the 2018 season.

Individual tickets are available for $40 or tables of 10 can be purchased for $400. Net proceeds from this event will fully benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system that is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. With 22 locations in North America, including Houston and Galveston, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors.

To purchase tickets, please download the Registration Form and email back to foundation@astros.com by Friday, February 23rd.

* - Confirmed head coaches attending luncheon currently are: Matt Deggs (SHSU), Todd Whitting (UH), Andy Cannizaro (Mississippi State) and Tony Robichaux (UL-L). This will be updated as additional coaches are confirmed.

Parking Prices

  • Diamond Lot ($20)
  • Lot A ($10)
  • Lot B ($5)
  • Lot C ($5)

About Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic

This year marks the third year that the tournament will carry the name the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which was set forth by a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament and will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families' ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.

The Astros Foundation (TAF) is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. TAF seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk children and teens. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).