Astros Tickets

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The last 40 years have been tough times for Astros fans. Since 1965, when the team changed its name from the Colt .45s to the Astros, the team has had 21 winning seasons, but most have been by differentials of five to 10 games at best. In 1998, the team managed 102 wins, its best performance in franchise history, but has had only five more seasons of 90 wins or more in its history, three of which have come in the past six years.

As a result, Astros tickets have always been fairly abundant in Houston, especially since the city also fields consistently strong teams in hockey and football. Fans itching to take in a game at the Astrodome needed only drive down 30 minutes before game time and pick them up for 10 or 15 dollars a piece. Since the team acquired seven-time Cy Young Award-winner Roger Clemens, however, all that has changed.

The Rocket's Effect on the Astros Ticket Market

Clemens, widely considered the most dominant pitcher of his era, has always been reason enough for fans to snatch up tickets, be it in Boston, Toronto, New York, or Houston. Now, however, younger fans from the next generation are eager to catch the pitching idol that their fathers (and sometimes mothers) have told them about before it's too late. That's the only way to explain the roughly three million in total attendance at Minute Maid Park during 2004.

Now that Clemens has won his first National League Cy Young Award, that figure can only spike higher. Driving the demand for Astros tickets even more is the fact that the club continues to field consistently better teams through its development of young talent and its willingness to bid for big-time free agents. These two trends combined gave the Astros their first-ever postseason series victory in 2004 and brought them within one game of a World Series appearance.

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