Astros' opening celebration kicks off today

April 6, 2009 7:20:31 AM PDT
The good guys are celebrating the start to another season. It's opening day and downtown Houston is going to be a busy place as the Astros return to action.[SPORTS BLOG: Get the latest news from the Eyewitness Sports team]

The Astros face off against the Chicago Cubs starting at 6:05pm. The opening day street festival kicks off at 11am and ends at 4:30pm. It'll be held at KBR Plaza on Crawford and is free to the public.

There are two pep rallies scheduled with live music. The Astros mascot will be out there to take photos with the kids. This year marks the 10th season for the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

In this tough economy, the Astros say they want all the families to know that coming to the ballpark is still a pretty bargain.

"I feel like baseball is the best value out of any major league sport. There is still a $1 ticket, a $7 ticket and we have tons of value packages that you can see online as well as some concession value deals as well. Price does matter and we want to have something here for everyone at Minute Maid Park," said Marty Price with Astros guest relations. "There is a package called Price Matters. There is 10 dates, 10th season, where you can get a hot dog, a coke, a bag of chips, as well as your ticket just for $10."

Fans can enjoy a new restaurant at Mmnute Maid Park. The Five-Seven Grille is named after two former players, Jeff Bagwell who wore number five, and Craig Biggio who wore number seven. The restaurant sits where Nine Amigos used to be.

Today's game is sold out, but you can still get tickets for tomorrow's game.

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