Union Station Lobby is the main entrance into the park and was once the original concourse of the old Houston train station. The entrance is off Crawford Street andin March of 1880, President Ulysses Grant arrived there on the first train to ever stop in Houston.
A fun attraction is a rail road train that runs along the top of the left field wall paying tribute to how the railroads helped in the development of Houston. Unlike a lot of stadiums, fans can access all levels of the park, so make sure you take advantage of this and really check out the entire venue (certain club level seats only accessible by club ticket holders)
There are great views from nearly every seat, with downtown views from the top levels. The 4th level right behind home plate has a spectacular view of the field as well as the entire stadium. The worst seats might be the last couple of rows of the field level concourse which has partial obstruction due to the upper deck, preventing views of pop flies. A great spot to see catch those homers is the Homerun Porch, on the main level in left field.
If you don’t want to pay high price for club level seats but you still want to enjoy the premium beer and food, you can purchase a $5 Club Level pass at guest relations. This pass will allow you to have access to the club level where you can stand and watch a game and partake in a variety of food and drink not offered elsewhere in the park. A $7 Outfield ticket and $5 Club pass is a bargain!
Food and Drink:
The stadium does not allow food to be brought inside and there aren’t as many roaming vendors as in some parks, so be sure to check out Fanzooloo Finds for recommendations where to eat before and after the game. Or, get to the stadium early and have a steak at the FIVESEVEN Grille (Centerfield, Section 156). During the game, you have to try the Texas BBQ brisket and chopped BBQ potato skins at Maverick Smokehouse (Sec 124 and 410). Also we love the Goya Latin Café (Behind Home Plate - Main Concourse) as well as the Spuds Crossing stands (Sec 107 and 409), where you can get some pretty decadent stuffed baked potatoes. If you’re rooting for the away team and are jonesing for some home comfort food, check out the concessions near the front entrance, where you will find hometown specialties of the visiting team.
Minute Maid Park has an excellent selection of local and premium brews. You can find some beer kiosks with selections like Sam Adams, Blue Moon, and Leinenkugel’s. The Texas favorite Shiner Bock is served from bottles on the top level and draft throughout the stadium.
Fans can line up in the Field Box rails (Section 111-127) when the park opens up to about an hour before the game starts to get team autographs from the players and coaches.
I love this stadium! Right downtown you can walk to everything. Take the train right into the city and enjoy one of several spots around the park.
The Park and Neighborhood:
Minute Maid Park opened in 2000, and is a beautiful and comfortable stadium, with a retractable roof and air conditioning when it’s too hot and humid to breathe (which happens often in the steamy Houston summers). It's located right downtown on land that was once the city's Union Station, and is within walking distance of several bars, restaurants, the rail system, and hotels.
There are 2 sports bars directly across from the park - Home Plate and B.U.S. but not only do they tend to be super crowded, but their beer prices are comparable to what you would actually find inside the park and the food is not so great. They may be convenient in location, but check our "Before & After the Game" map for some spots we think are much better.
Stadium parking is not expensive compared to many parks, regardless, if you're trying to save a few, you can find meter parking on the surrounding city streets just a short walk to and from the stadium. The park is not far from many garages and surface parking lots as well. Some downtown restaurants and hotel offer shuttles, so always ask. Lucky’s Pub, found on our "Before & After the Game" map, offers free shuttles so be sure to check them out.
The Metro Rail makes several stops along close to the stadium - Preston between Prairie and Congress, Main Street Square bt Walker and Dallas, Bell between Clay and Leeland, Main Street within walking distance to the stadium. It stops near TheFlying Saucer - one of our fave spots downtown - where you can grab a bite, try one of the many beers on tap, then walk to the game. If you go to the Metro Rail website ahead of time, you can download a rail map to your ipod or iphone http://www.ridemetro.org.
Also be sure to read our "Info Inside the Stadium" section for more information inside the park.