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Astros selling tickets for first home games with fans; rolls out new safety rules

Minute Maid hasn't had Astros spectators in the stands since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series.

HOUSTON — Houston Astros tickets go on sale Wednesday as the team prepares for its first home game with fans since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Minute Maid Park will re-open to the general public on April 8 for the Astros home opener against the Oakland Athletics. It’s the first matchup in a three-game series that runs until April 10.

Fans can buy tickets for all April 2021 dates, and there is seating available in all sections, including some sections with physically distanced seating pods Season tickets, group tickets, mini plans and suite rentals, which provide fans with the best value for the biggest games, are also available.

Houston will also host the Tigers for three games on April 12-14; the Angels for four games on April 22-25; and the Mariners for four on April 26-29.

Minute Maid introduces new COVID-19 rules

Of course, a post-pandemic return for fans will come with new rules. Minute Maid will operate at 50 percent capacity in April. They’ve also installed plexiglass to separate seats near the dugouts and bullpens.

The Astros released the following COVID-19 guidelines for fans at home games:

  • BAG POLICY: Bags will not be allowed in the venue. Exceptions are manufacturer designed diaper bags, when accompanied by an infant or small child, medical bags, and gallon bags used for bringing food or water into the building. This policy applies to all guests and will allow for reduced touching of bag items in the entry process. Guests that bring a diaper or medical bag will be required to utilize one of the bag check lanes and may encounter delayed entry.
  • MASK POLICY: Masks are required at all times within Minute Maid Park unless actively eating or drinking. Eating and drinking is only permitted at your ticketed seat (not the general concourse).
  • ENTRANCES AND GATES: Fans may enter the ballpark through all standard entrances, which will open two hours prior to game time, regardless of day or time of game.
  • ENTERING STADIUM: All fans will be subject to a verbal health screening upon arrival. Guests will be asked to physically distance while waiting in the gate queue line. The Astros will utilize screening equipment, such as walkthrough metal detectors and tables, at the entry gates in ways to better facilitate physical distancing while performing security screening.
  • TICKETS: Mobile ticketing has been implemented for all games. The Minute Maid Park Box Office is going digital and will not be open for ticket sales. To purchase tickets on site, fans can text the word “Buy” to 26099. All digital tickets will be accessed through the MLB Ballpark app. The Astros will have Ticket Resolution windows open at each gate on game days.
  • MOVING IN THE BUILDING: Physical distancing is required when moving throughout the ballpark. We encourage a 6’ distance between you and other parties. To ensure proper hygiene, hand sanitizer dispensers have been positioned at over 500 locations inside the stadium.
  • RESTROOMS: All restrooms around the concourse will be open. Capacity signage will be posted outside of the restrooms.
  • CASHLESS SALES: Concessions have gone cashless at all points of sale. To help customers who arrive with cash only, the Astros will have reverse ATMs in the stadium which will change cash into an Astros themed debit card.

The last Astros game at Minute Maid Park that was played in front of fans was Game 7 of the 2019 World Series with an attendance of 43,326, according to the team.

Ticket information for the remainder of the Astros schedule will be announced later.