03/28/2011 4:37 PM ET
Astros 2011 Promotions Schedule
Once Again Features Wide Variety of Attractions For All Fans
The Houston Astros 2011 home schedule is filled with a variety of promotions and events for fans of all ages to enjoy. Below is a first glance at what fans can look forward to during the upcoming season.
Throughout the season, the Astros will give away a set of bobbleheads showcasing several players on the 2011 squad. The first bobble honors 2010 All-Star Michael Bourn (April 10) as he celebrates his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award (pictured). Hunter Pence (April 30) takes his role of Play Green® Ambassador to another level as he conveys the importance of environmental awareness with his Play Green® bobble (pictured). Third Baseman Chris Johnson (May 14) shows his support of Breast Cancer Awareness, donning pink wristbands and a pink bat for his first bobble (pictured). Rounding out this year's bobblehead lineup are television broadcasters Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies (June 11) and starting pitcher Brett Myers (July 3).
Astros Play Green®
The 2011 season marks the fourth season for the Astros Play Green® Campaign. The club will continue to focus on creating environmental awareness through the program by establishing a Play Green® Week (April 26-May 1). During this week, a "green" event or giveaway will take place each day. As part of this initiative, a reusable grocery tote bag (April 28), an Astros Play Green® t-shirt made of organic cotton (April 29), and the Pence Play Green® Bobblehead (April 30) are all featured giveaways. In addition to the giveaways, the Astros will cap off the week with the club's first Bike to the Ballpark event (May 1).
Pink in the Park
Pink in the Park Week, dedicated to bringing awareness to breast cancer, is back for its third season in 2011. This week (May 9-May 15) will feature pink items in an effort to creatively display the club's commitment to the cause. Items include a pink tote bag (May 13) and the Chris Johnson Pink Bat Bobblehead (May 14). Accompanying the giveaways, the Astros will host the second annual Wine and Cheese Night, presented by H-E-B (May 14). The pink-themed event will showcase a multitude of wines and offer a silent auction to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Sundays are family days at Minute Maid Park. Family Sundays presented by Minute Maid and Kroger are back in 2011 and will again include the free kids fun zone in the Union Station lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where children 14 and under can enjoy face painters, inflatables, video games, mascot photos and more. Prior to the game, a group of young fans will take the field with the Astros starters as part of the Kids Take the Field program. Following each Sunday game, all kids ages 4-14 are invited to run the bases (schedule subject to change).
Giveaway items geared toward kids include a video board photo frame (July 17) designed to resemble the new HD video board 'El Grande', which was installed prior to the season; an Astros Cuddle Pup (August 7); and a Hunter Pence t-shirt (August 21).
The Astros also host annual on-field parades dedicated to youth baseball and softball players (May 1 and May 15) and for Boy and Girl Scouts (August 21 and September 25). These parades feature kids in uniform and their coaches or scout leaders marching around the Minute Maid Park warning track with their group prior to the game.
2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of Houston's Major League Baseball franchise, but the Astros will kick off the year-long celebration during the final weekend series of 2011 (September 23-25) by offering commemorative giveaway items featuring the 50th Anniversary logo. The items currently scheduled as giveaways are a 50th Anniversary cap (September 23) and a 50th Anniversary fleece blanket (September 24). More information surrounding the anniversary celebration will be available in the coming months.
Some additional events for fans to enjoy include: two annual Dog Days presented by H-E-B (April 17 and September 4), Bayou Bash (May 28), and Oktoberfest (September 24). The 2011 events lineup will also include two Faith and Family Nights (May 28 and July 16). This year's postgame concerts feature Jeremy Camp (May 28) and David Crowder Band (July 16) and are free to all fans with a game ticket.
The ever-popular Friday Night Fireworks presented by Marathon Oil Corporation make their return following every Friday night home game, weather permitting.
Ticket Specials and Promotions
The Astros have a number of value ticket offers and promotions to ensure that Astros baseball is an affordable and enjoyable experience for all fans. New for 2011 is the Coca-Cola Value Zone ticket package that is available for every Friday through Sunday home game (excluding April 8). This value package features a Mezzanine ticket, hot dog, 20 oz. Coca-Cola product and an Astros cap for only $20 with the label from a specially-marked Coca-Cola product two-liter label.
Additionally, fans can enjoy Price Matters Days presented by H-E-B that includes a game ticket, hot dog, chips and a soda for only $10 - an offer that is ideal for families and is available for every Monday-Thursday home game. The popular All You Can Eat program returns in 2011 and features a Mezzanine ticket, and all you can eat hot dogs, soda, peanuts, nachos, popcorn and water for only $30. This offer is available at every home game.
All promotional items and special events are subject to change, and as the season proceeds, new items and events may be added to the schedule. Fans can visit astros.com for the most recently updated schedule.
Tickets can be purchased online at astros.com, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767). Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster retail centers in all Fiesta and select Macy's, H-E-B, F.Y.E., Wherehouse Music and Ritmo Latino stores during regular store hours.
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