Before all of the action starts on the field, the Astros will kick off Opening Day festivities with the 12th Annual Opening Day Street Festival, presented by Champion Energy Services (1:00 p.m-6:00 p.m.), which takes place on Crawford St. This year’s festival once again has no admission charge and will have a fun, upbeat atmosphere that will include live music performed by the Josh Fuller Band from the Budweiser stage, interactive games, food trucks, drinks and prizes. Astros mascot Orbit will also be in attendance, getting pumped up for the regular season.
Pregame Field Ceremonies
NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will be throwing out the first pitch for the inaugural season opener. An avid Houston sports fan, Watt will be taking batting practice with the Astros tonight before their exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs and has been seen on-screen and around town sporting his Astros gear. Renowned country singer and four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett will sing the National Anthem, rounding out the star-studded Opening Day celebrations.
But amidst all of the fun and excitement that go along with Opening Day, we will be taking a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros are proud to not only honor the memories of the children and teachers of Sandy Hook, but also to celebrate their lives by featuring special patches on our players’ uniforms.
Astros 4,000th Win
The Astros currently have 3,999 regular season franchise victories, and if this inaugural American League season wasn’t momentous enough, the next win marking big number 4,000 most certainly adds to the excitement.
Information on purchasing Opening Day tickets or tickets to any Astros home game can be found at www.astros.com or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS.
OPENING DAY SCHEDULE - SUNDAY, MARCH 31
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: 12th Annual Opening Day Street Festival on Crawford Street
5:00 p.m.: Gates open to Minute Maid Park
6:30 p.m.: Pregame field ceremonies begin
7:05 p.m.: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros