Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park

Bringing the Astros’ baseball experience into the 21st Century
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DETAILS

LocationHouston, Texas United States
ClientHOK Sport
Size29 acres

The much-anticipated ballpark for the Houston Astros, which opened in 2000, includes approximately 42,000 seats, a retractable roof, an attached micro-brewery, and tour bus drop off. SWA, along with Rey de la Reza Architects, designed the entire ballpark site from the building to the curb, including the remodeling of historic Union Station, now part of the stadium.

Landscape features include “The Wedge,” a sloped turf panel used to imitate the scale of Union Station at the other side of the site (also a future development site) and a great lawn, positioned between Union Station and The Wedge, which may be used as a turf farm for the field. Entry pavilions at the terminus corridors of two downtown streets, were constructed to resemble train sheds of the past, and provide shade and scale to define the courtyard spaces. Special paving, historical site lighting, street trees and seating will help create a strong pedestrian atmosphere at the street level.

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