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Renovations approved for Minute Maid Park

Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros are planning a series of upgrades to Minute Maid Park.

The renovations are set to include improvements in the right-field corner as well as a new season ticket holders club.

Harris County Houston Sports Authority agreed to the proposed changes to the publicly owned Minute Maid Park last week.

The season ticket membership club will be located in an area now occupied by six suites on the third base side of the ballpark near the scoreboard control room.

It initially will be open to season ticket holders who purchase a membership and will include table and high-top seating with food and drink service.

Changes in right field will affect the second deck, where some existing seating will be removed to make way for new food and beverage service, along with a staircase that includes standing room space.

The renovations are expected to cost $25 million, and will be paid for by the Astros.

Reid Ryan, the team’s president for business operations, told the Houston Chronicle that the renovations will take place alongside previously announced plans to renovate the suite level, which has not been substantially changed since the stadium opened in 2000.

He said the renovations will result in a reduction to Minute Maid’s total seating capacity, adding:

We’re excited that we got approval to move forward with the new additions, and we will have detailed plans for the public before the end of the season.