Premier college baseball will continue this month at Minute Maid Park with one of the most competitive, early-season college baseball tournaments in the country when the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic returns from March 1-3.
The six-team tournament, formerly known as the Houston College Classic, enters its 13th year at Minute Maid Park and will feature hometown schools Rice University and the University of Houston, who will be making their annual entry into the tournament. This year's field also includes Baylor, California-Berkeley, North Carolina and Texas A&M. Four of the teams in the tournament are ranked nationally among the top 30 in the 2013 preseason poll compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, including North Carolina (#2), Rice (#18), Texas A&M (#24) and Baylor (#27).
Cal-Berkeley and North Carolina, which also enters this season as the No. 1 ranked team according to Baseball America, will be making their first appearances in the tournament.
The 2013 tournament marks the fifth consecutive year that the Astros Foundation College Classic field has included at least three teams ranked nationally in the top 30 in pre-season polls.
Select adult and student tickets for the Astros Foundation College Classic are now available to be purchased online at www.Astros.com/CollegeClassic, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-9ASTROS. Tickets may also be purchased at all of the Astros regular Houston-area Ticketmaster outlets.
Adult tickets are available for a $15 daily admission, as well as a $36 three-day tournament pass. Tickets for high school and college students, with a valid student ID, and children (ages 4-14) are available for $10 daily and $21 for a tournament pass.
Season ticket holders (27-game packages and up) are offered a $10 daily ticket and a $24 tournament pass. Reserved seating is also available in the Insperity Club for $30 per game. To purchase group tickets, which are available for $12 a day, and Insperity Club tickets, please call 713-259-8333. Luxury suites can be purchased for the entire tournament or on a daily basis by calling 713-259-8350.
The Minute Maid Park Box Office is currently selling Astros Foundation College Classic tickets from Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Select parking for the tournament will be available in the Astros controlled parking lots for $5 each day.
2013 Astros Foundation College Classic Schedule*
Fri., March 1
Baylor vs.California - Noon
North Carolina vs. Rice - 3:30 p.m.
Houston vs. Texas A&M - 7 p.m.
Sat., March 2
North Carolina vs. California - Noon
Houston vs. Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
Rice vs. Texas A&M - 7 p.m.
Sun., March 3
California vs. Houston - 11 a.m.
Texas A&M vs. North Carolina - 2 p.m.
Baylor vs. Rice - 5:30 p.m.
(home teams listed second)
* - times subject to change