What to know for World Series games in Houston
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - World Series excitement returns to the City of Houston from Friday until Sunday for Games 3, 4 and 5 with the American League champion Houston Astros hosting the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lance McCullers Jr. is designated to start Game 3 for the Astros at 7:20 p.m. on Friday with Yu Darvish starting for the Dodgers. Charlie Morton will start on Saturday at 7:20 p.m. as Alex Wood starts for the Dodgers. Game 5 on Sunday is also scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m.
Anyone who is fortunate enough to have tickets to the games will be able to join in the fun of the Postseason Street Festivals on Crawford Street from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on all three days. The festivals will include live music, food trucks, inflatables, bar games, photo booths, poster-making stations and more. To attend, you must have a valid ticket for the same day as the game.
Anyone with a valid game ticket can also enter parts of Minute Maid Park with access to Torchy's Tacos, Saint Arnold Bar, Budweiser Brew House and Shake Shack. They will also be able to access the Postseason Street Festival through the atrium, left field gate and center field gate.
Fans will be treated to a special performance by rapper Bun B on Friday as part of the Postseason Street Festival.
All Minute Maid Park gates will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Minute Maid Park roof will be closed for Game 3 on Friday with the roof status pending for Saturday and Sunday.
The Squeeze Play section of the ballpark will not be available during the World Series games.
Prior to Game 3 on Friday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel presented by YouTube TV.
Prior to Game 4 on Saturday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Fan Clapper presented by Mastercard and Hartford.
Prior to Game 5 on Sunday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel presented by Coca-Cola.
Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday with Houston Astros Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Craig Biggio delivering the game ball, accompanied by a local member of Boys & Girls Club of America.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, astronaut Scott Kelly and Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching will also participate in the pregame ceremony.
Astros Season Ticket Holders will join Greyshirts, who were instrumental in Hurricane Harvey flood relief, to present a giant U.S. flag on the field. A Joint Service Color Guard will present our nation's colors and Master Sergeant Promise Harris of the Texas Air National Guard will perform the National Anthem.
Challenger the Eagle will take flight during the National Anthem. Houston Fire Department Captain Mark Miller will perform "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Game 3 on Friday.
Inspirational seven-year-old athlete Hailey Dawson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday. She was born without three fingers on her throwing hand, but thanks to a 3D-printed prosthesis, continues to throw and play the sport she loves.
The Houston Police Department Quartet will perform the national anthem on Saturday and the Houston Police Department Honor Guard will also present our nation's colors. Sergeant First Class Tiffony Oldham will perform "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Former Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt will deliver the game ball, accompanied by a local member of Boys & Girls Club of America.
"Modern Family" cast member and Houston sports superfan Rico Rodriguez will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Game 4.
Former President George W. Bush, joined by father and former President George H. W. Bush, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. President George H. W. Bush will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Game 5 at Minute Maid Park.
Musician Clay Walker will perform the national anthem and U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Angela Matthews will perform "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. The Houston Fire Department Honor Guard will present our nation's colors and former Astros outfielder Jose 'Cheo' Cruz will deliver the game ball, accompanied by a local member of Boys & Girls Club of America.
All fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or use the MLB.com Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and the Astros Postseason Street Festival for all three World Series games. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. Additionally, there is a no re-entry policy during the postseason.
With several road and lane closures near Minute Maid Park, fans with tickets are encouraged to give themselves extra time to arrive to the ballpark. The closures will remain in effect throughout all three days.
Astros fans should heed all directional signage indicating altered routes around downtown and surrounding the ballpark. Additionally, parking around Minute Maid Park will be limited. Directional signage around the ballpark will also advise fans of postseason entrances, which may vary slightly from the regular season.
The Uber pickup and dropoff area in center field will be available for fans to use on all three days. METRO will also provides transportation to and from the ballpark. For more information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.
FOX 26 will exclusively televise all World Series games between the Astros and Dodgers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.