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10/11/2005 1:04 PM ET
Astros announce plans for World Series ticket on-sale drawing at astros.com
NLCS games at Minute Maid Park sold out; Sunday's game (Oct. 16) moved to 3:45 p.m. first pitch
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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today that the sale of individual game tickets for 2005 World Series games at Minute Maid Park will begin tomorrow (Wednesday, October 12) at 12:00 noon Central time through an on-line process at astros.com.

In order to be eligible to purchase tickets on October 17 to potential World Series games held at Minute Maid Park, fans must first register on-line at astros.com beginning Wednesday, October 12, at 12:00 noon CT through Friday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. CT. On Saturday, October 15, a random drawing will be held among all fans who have registered on-line. Those selected in the random drawing will be notified via e-mail on Sunday, October 16. The e-mail will provide winners with instructions on how to purchase tickets to Astros World Series games on-line on Monday, October 17, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT.

"We wanted all fans to have an equal opportunity to purchase tickets to the Astros first-ever World Series," said Bill Goren, Astros Director of Ticket Sales. "A random drawing on-line through astros.com is the best way to accomplish this. We used a similar program when we made individual game tickets available for fans to buy during last year's World Series ticket on-sale and the 2004 All-Star Game."

There is a four-ticket purchase limit for each winner selected in the random drawing, subject to availability. Ticket prices for the World Series, as established by Major League Baseball, are $125-$185 per seat and $45 for standing room only. Ticket purchases must be made with a major credit card (American Express, VISA, Mastercard, Discover). Additional fees may apply.

If the Astros reach the World Series, the team would host games on Tuesday, October 25 (Game 3); Wednesday, October 26 (Game 4); and Thursday, October 27 (Game 5, if necessary). All dates and times are subject to change by Major League Baseball.

For more information, log-on to astros.com or call the Astros Ticket Services Department at (800) ASTROS-2 (800-278-7672).

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES UPDATE

The Houston Astros begin play in the 2005 National League Championship Series tomorrow (Wednesday, October 12) at the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:00 p.m., with Game 2 scheduled for Thursday (October 13) at 7:00 p.m.

Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary), scheduled to be hosted by the Astros at Minute Maid Park, have already sold out. The Minute Maid Park Box Office will be open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 13) and Friday (October 14) for Will Call pickup of previously purchased NLCS tickets.

The first 30,000 fans attending the NLCS games at Minute Maid Park will receive Astros Rally Towels from: (Game 3) Gallery Furniture, Minute Maid, and HEB (Game 3); (Game 4) Gallery Furniture, ConocoPhillips, and Newsradio 740 KTRH; and (Game 5) Gallery Furniture. Fans are encourage to arrive early and allow a few extra minutes for entry into the ballpark given the sellout crowds and additional security measures that will be in place. To help accommodate ballpark entry, the Minute Maid Park gates will open three hours prior to game time for all NLCS games.

First pitch times and Minute Maid Park gate opening times for the NLCS games in Houston are as follows:

GAME 3Saturday, October 15First Pitch: 3:30 p.m. Gates: 12:30 p.m.
GAME 4Sunday, October 16First Pitch: 3:45 p.m.Gates: 12:30 p.m. (*See note below)
GAME 5*Monday, October 17First Pitch: 7:19 p.m.Gates: 4:00 p.m. (*if necessary)

PLEASE NOTE: THE FIRST PITCH TIME FOR GAME 4 HAS MOVED TO 3:45 p.m. FROM THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FIRST PITCH TIME. IF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, THE ASTROS GAME 4 FIRST PITCH TIME WILL MOVE TO 7:05 p.m. WITH MINUTE MAID PARK GATES OPENING AT 4:00 p.m. All dates and times are subject to change by Major League Baseball.

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