Minute Maid Park was one of the first ballparks to be built during the ballpark boom in the early 2000s. Despite being more than halfway through its second decade in use, it holds up as one of the better parks for watching baseball. The stadium combines a modern setting with a few retro twists to offer fans a variety of different sitelines.
Among the coolest ways to see the game is by sitting in sections 105-107 down the left field line. These sections are sharply angled towards home plate, giving fans an excellent view of the infield. Most down-the-line seating at ballparks - including sections 131-134 at Minute Maid - have poor sitelines to the field. This forces you to turn your body or neck sharply to see the action near home plate. In sections 105, 106 and 107, you'll be seeing the game just how the left-fielder does. We recommend being in one of the lower rows to up the cool factor and to really feel like you're playing left field for the Stros.
Home plate seating at Minute Maid Park is good - but not great. We certainly recommend these seats to fans who want to the most comfortable view of the field, but there are a few caveats.
Sections 217-221 are the best of the best when it comes to good views from behind home plate. These seats are situated at an excellent height for seeing the entire field and the videoboard. Just be aware that these seats - along with seating directly below (Insperity Club and sections 118-120) - are behind the netting. The netting is more distracting as you get closer to the field, but it is still visible on the 200 level.
If you want a clean view from behind home plate without any netting, you'll begin your search on the 300 level. Unfortunately, railings at the front of the 300 and 400 levels often get in the way of views in the lowest rows. We recommend skipping out on at least the first 2-3 rows and aiming for tickets a little higher up. You'll probably end up saving a few dollars - along with your back - as you won't have to hunch forward to see over the railing towards home plate.
The best alternative to home plate seating is seating on the third base side of the field. With the videoboard in right-center field, these sections have the most direct view of replays and game stats. Seats on the third base side are also the first to get shaded from the sun. There is no exaggeration when saying that seats on the third base side are often 20 degrees cooler than similar seats on the other side of the field. You won't have to deal with the setting sun, which absolutely blinds fans in sections 129-151 (and sections above). If you know the roof will be open, start your ticket search on the third base side of the field.
One final note regarding sitelines is that the last few rows of 100 level seating in foul territory (105-134) are slightly obstructed by the overhang. We recommend sitting in the higher rows of these sections for comfortable views and concourse accessibility, but views from rows 37 and higher might be slightly compromised.
- Impressive views of the entire field
- Well shaded even when the roof is closed
- Fewer rows than surrounding sections means less time away from seats
- Great angles towards home plate means no head-twisting or body turning
- First couple of rows is like playing Left Field for the Astros
- Good chance for foul balls as well