Community Leaders signs moving at MMP
The Astros announced on Tuesday that their Community Partners billboards will be coming down from above the railroad tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, and will instead be placed on the facade and beneath the railroad tracks from left field to centerfield.
“The upcoming changes to Minute Maid Park will highlight the program for all fans to see, and enhance the visibility of our corporate partners, who have played a huge role in making it a reality,” Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said. “We value the feedback we receive from our great fans and feel that the changes we are making will be a win-win situation for everyone.”
The move will restore fans views of both the trail and downtown Houston, which was obscured when the signs were installed.
The Astros pennants from their playoff years will also move, from the façade to the light towers in left field.
The ‘DK’ sign in memory of former Astros pitcher Darryl Kile will also be moved, though its new location has yet to be determined.
Through the Astros participation in the community partners program’s inception in 2012, 14 little league fields have been renovated, with four more renovations planned for this year, in support of youth baseball at city-owned fields in disadvantaged areas in the Houston area. The corporate partners contributed a total of $18 million to the program.