Houston Weather at Minute Maid Park

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The $248 million Minute Maid Park, aka Enron Field, opened in 2000. It has a retractable roof and 50,000 square feet of glass in the west wall of the roof, which provides the fans a view of the Houston skyline even when closed. The retractable roof is not closed for the rain; it is used to shade the fans from the 110 degree summer days. It seldom rains in Houston.

Natural Bermuda grass covers the 2.5-acre playing surface. The park’s defining feature is the deep center field (deepest in MLB at 435 feet) that features a flagpole mounted on a small hill, which is in play.

Even with short distances to the fences in the corners (315/326 feet left and right), Minute Maid Park is a pitcher’s ballpark. ESPN ranks it #28 with regards to giving up runs. As for actual runs scored per game for both teams in 2010, Minute Maid Park ranked #27 with 7.67 total runs scored per game. Coors Field gave up the most runs per game at 10.59.

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