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Astros to host New York Yankees for Games 1 and 2 of ALCS, starting tomorrow

Fans encouraged to arrive early for Postseason Street Fests and special pregame ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-13
October 11, 2019

HOUSTON, TX-- The Astros will host the New York Yankees in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series, presented by Geico, here at Minute Maid Park this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. The Astros finished the regular season with the best record in MLB (107-55), giving them

HOUSTON, TX-- The Astros will host the New York Yankees in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series, presented by Geico, here at Minute Maid Park this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. The Astros finished the regular season with the best record in MLB (107-55), giving them home field advantage throughout the postseason. The series will continue in New York on Tuesday, October 15 for Games 3, 4 and a potential Game 5.

ASTROS POSTSEASON STREET FESTS, GATE TIMES AND ROOF STATUS

Astros fans of all ages are invited to a Postseason Street Fest prior to each Astros Postseason home game! The Postseason Street Fest takes place on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Crawford Street. Fans can enjoy live music by Calle Swing (Saturday) and Midnight River Choir (Sunday), photo opportunities, face painters, caricaturists, food trucks, inflatables, bar games, photo booths, poster-making stations and much more before the Astros take on the Yankees. Fans can access the Astros Postseason Street Fest via the Atrium, Left Field Gate and Center Field Gate. A valid game ticket is required for entry.

Please note that all gates to Minute Maid Park will open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Minute Maid Park roof will be closed for Game 1. Status for Game 2 will be determined Sunday, weather pending.

POSTSEASON GATE GIVEAWAYS AND PREGAME CEREMONIES

All fans in attendance at Astros ALCS Games 1 and 2 will receive a special postseason gate giveaway. Prior to Game 1 on Saturday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Prior to Game 2 on Sunday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel, presented by Houston Methodist.

During a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Astros Season Ticket Holders will present a giant U.S. flag and Astros employees and their families will hold a Take It Back banner in the outfield. A Joint-Service Color Guard will present our nation’s colors before native Houstonian and Texas Country artist Cory Morrow performs Saturday’s National Anthem. In recognition of Gerrit Cole passing J.R. Richard for the most strikeouts in Astros franchise history during a single season, Richard will throw out Saturday’s ceremonial first pitch to Cole. Houston Sports Hall of Fame inductee and gymnast Mary Lou Retton will call “Play Ball!” to kick off Saturday’s postseason matchup. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Giavanni Walker will sing God Bless America in the seventh inning.

Sunday’s pregame will also feature several special guests. Before Sunday’s 7:08 p.m. game, the Tejano Veterans Association Color Guard will present our nation’s colors before the United States Air Force Academy Band performs the National Anthem. Jose Lima Jr., son of former Astros pitcher Jose Lima, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Former Astro Mike Hampton. Jose Lima and Mike Hampton were the only other duo in Astros history to each get 20 or more wins in a single regular season (1999), before Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole accomplished this feat this year. Houston-native rapper Slim Thug will have the “Play Ball” call. The United States Air Force Academy Band will return to perform God Bless America in the seventh inning.

TICKETS

All fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB.com Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and the Astros Postseason Street Fest for all Astros Postseason games. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. Additionally, there is a no re-entry policy during the postseason.

TRAVELING TO THE BALLPARK

The Astros encourage fans to give themselves extra time to travel to the ballpark as there will be several road and lane closures surrounding Minute Maid Park (specifically Crawford St. and parts of Texas Ave), which will remain in effect starting Thursday, Oct. 3 through the end of the Astros postseason run. Astros fans and media should heed all directional signage indicating altered routes around downtown and surrounding the ballpark. Additionally, parking around Minute Maid Park will be limited. Directional signage around the ballpark will also advise fans of postseason entrances, which may vary slightly from the regular season.

The Uber pickup and drop-off area in center field will be available for fans to utilize throughout the postseason. Metro also provides a fast and easy alternative for getting to and from the ballpark. For more information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.

ASTROS ON TV AND RADIO

FOX is slated to exclusively televise ALCS Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees on Saturday, October 23 (7:08 p.m. CT first pitch). Astros vs.Yankees ALCS Game 2 will air exclusively on FS1 with a 7:08 p.m. CT first pitch.

Fans can catch ALCS Game 1 and 2 on the radio on the Astros flagship radio stations 790 KBME AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM/101.7 FM, as well as on national stations ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1230 AM.

ORANGE OUT HOUSTON

The Astros are asking local businesses, schools, community leaders, organizations and Astros fans to Orange Out Houston by wearing orange clothing and accessories, rocking their Astros apparel, decking out their buildings in orange and creatively displaying their Astros pride throughout the Astros’ postseason run. Astros fans are encouraged to post photos of what they are doing to Orange Out Houston with the hashtag #TakeItBack.

ALDS POSTSEASON WATCH PARTIES

Fans are invited to watch Astros Postseason away games at Minute Maid Park, free of charge, during the Astros ALCS Postseason Watch Parties. Fans will need to claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/watchparty. Vouchers for the ALCS Watch Parties will be available starting Monday at 12:00 p.m. CT. Fans must present these vouchers at the entrance via the MLB Ballpark app, the same process used for game tickets throughout the year. Parking will be available for purchase in all Astros-controlled parking lots.

Prior to each away game, the fun will begin two hours before first pitch with a Postseason Street Fest on Crawford Street, where fans can enjoy live music, food trucks, bar games, inflatables and much more. The game will stream live on the main video board inside Minute Maid Park as well as on large projection screens outside the ballpark.