HOUSTON, TX-- The Astros will host the Washington Nationals in Games 1 and 2 of the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV here at Minute Maid Park this Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22-23. Tuesday’s Game 1 will begin at 7:07 p.m. CT as Astros RHP Gerrit Cole takes the mound vs. TBD and the Nationals. Wednesday’s Game 2 will begin at 7:08 p.m. CT with Astros RHP Justin Verlander on the bump vs. Nationals TBD.
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 Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Crawford Street. Fans can enjoy live music by Powell Brothers (Tuesday) and Aaron Copeland (Wednesday), photo opportunities, face painters, caricaturists, food trucks, inflatables, bar games, photo booths, poster-making stations and much more before the Astros take on the Nationals. 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 Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Minute Maid Park roof will be closed for Game 1 and 2.
POSTSEASON GATE GIVEAWAYS AND PREGAME CEREMONIES
All fans in attendance at World Series Games 1 and 2 will receive a special postseason gate giveaway. Prior to Game 1, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel, presented by YouTube. Fans attending Game 2 will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel, presented by Chevrolet.
During a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, Astros Season Ticket Holders will present a giant U.S. flag and Astros employees and their families will hold a Take It Back banner. A Joint-Service Color Guard will present our nation’s colors before Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and panelist on FOX’s The Masked Singer, Nicole Scherzinger, performs Tuesday’s National Anthem. To help celebrate the Astros’ mission to another Championship title, the Astros will welcome back two 2017 World Champion catchers, as Brian McCann will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Evan Gattis. Staff Sergeant Doug Rader, USMC will sing God Bless America in the seventh inning. Houston Texans player JJ Watt will kick things off and make the “Play Ball!” call.
Wednesday’s pregame will also feature several special guests. Before Wednesday’s 7:08 p.m. game, the Houston Police Department Honor Guard will present our nation’s colors before Airman First Class Leah Fox , USAF performs the National Anthem. Houston native and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will throw out the ceremonial first pitch**. Olympic Medalist World Champion Boxer, Houston Native Marlen Esparza** will call “Play Ball!” to kick off Wednesday’s postseason matchup.
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 World Series Games 1 and 2 between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday (7:07 p.m. start) and Wednesday evening (7:08 p.m. start).
Fans can catch the Astros World Series games 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.
WORLD SERIES WATCH PARTIES
Fans are invited to watch Astros Postseason away games at Minute Maid Park, free of charge, during the Astros World Series Postseason Watch Parties. Fans can claim a free Postseason Watch Party voucher for entry at www.astros.com/watchparty. Limited vouchers will be available online but fans can also walk-up on the event date and receive a free voucher at entry. 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 screen outside the ballpark.