As the Astros take on the Yankees in the ALCS, parking anywhere near Minute Maid Park will be difficult and expensive.
And for those lucky enough to nab a ticket to a game, it’s best to plan how you will get to the park.
The City of Houston has already set up barricades along parts of Texas Avenue, and on Thursday, Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol reviewed their routes.
“I don’t see it as a huge problem, but this is an exceptional game. We want to make sure we don’t miss any of it,” said Roger Pool. He and his wife have tickets to Saturday’s 3 p.m. game.
Pool admits, he broke down and shelled out money for a parking pass for the garage next to Minute Maid Park.
“I’m in this parking lot at the end of the stadium, but it cost me a lot of money. I’d rather not say, my wife would kill me if she found out,” laughed Pool.
And while Pool may be tight-lipped, another Astros fan, Rafael Alvarez, is ready to brag.
“I have a co-worker that’s dropping us off,” said Alvarez. He’s paying a friend $20 to drop him off downtown and pick him up after the game.
”It’s going to be bad. I would Uber,” suggested Connally Burroughs, another fan we met up with downtown.
But with any ride-sharing app, be prepared to pay a little more than usual in case prices surge because of the high demand.
You can also reserve a parking space in one of the public parking garages. The Downtown Houston Partnership has created an interactive map to show fans where garages are available and how much they cost. Fans can even reserve a spot before showing up. For more information, click here.
You can also take advantage of public transportation. Two Metro rail lines, the green and the purple, stop in front of Minute Maid Park.
You can pay a few bucks for a spot in a Park and Ride location, then buy a rail ticket for a few more dollars.
But no matter how you get to Minute Maid Park know this, “come early, just come early. Park and enjoy the game. Don’t worry about it, it’s a small price to pay,” said Burroughs.