Another set of improvements to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, slated for the 2015 season, as the Mazda Club Level and upper deck areas are set to be modernized and overhauled.
The renovations will add a sleeker look to the Club Level, which has been largely unchanged since the ballpark opened. In addition, there are certainly areas of the ballpark’s upper deck primed for upgrades.
Working with the team’s hospitality partner Aramark, the entire Mazda Club Level will receive a floor-to-ceiling makeover, including new flooring and paint. The food and beverage stands will be repositioned to allow fans a clear view of the field from various points on the concourse, and the general infrastructure of many of the new concession stands will be renovated to allow for fresher, higher quality food and beverage products.
What was formerly the ticket sales office on the third base side of the Mazda Club Level will become a high-end eating venue providing views from Texas Avenue to the field. In an effort to make Minute Maid Park a more family-friendly venue, the smoking areas will be consolidated to avoid close proximity to any areas designated for children, such as the Minute Maid Park Squeeze Play. Already in place on the Mazda Club Level are Virtuoso Machines, courtesy of Toshiba and Stargel, which provide an interactive experience for fans as they learn more about the Astros team, players, history and updated stats in real time.
“We are very excited to take another step in our ongoing effort to make the fan experience at Minute Maid Park one of the best in baseball,” said Astros Senior Vice President of Business Operations Marcel Braithwaite. “In 2012, we completely reconstructed the Diamond Club, followed by a major renovation of the main concourse’s concessions and retail locations in 2013. This next phase will bring a unified look to our ballpark as a whole and hopefully make every fan feel like he or she has the best seat in the house.”
The renovations to the Mazda Club Level will begin this fall, starting on the third base side and continuing on to the first base side during the winter months. Minute Maid Park will be open and available for events during the renovation process.
The Mazda Club Level is open to all Astros fans with club or suite level tickets, as well as all game ticketed Mazda drivers as a part of the Mazda Club Level “Key Access” promotion.
Renovations to portions of the ballpark’s upper concourse will take place in phases, and will mirror several of the changes made to the general concessions on the main concourse last offseason. The Astros and Aramark will be overhauling the look and feel of the stands by re-branding each concept with a new name and menu, adding more vibrant signage and lighting, and introducing contemporary color schemes and décor. Other re-design elements included installing new cooking equipment, hanging new digital menu boards to make it easier to order, adding points of sale for faster service, and enhancing directional signage on the concourse to locate food stands.
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