Astros Ban Backpacks

New security changes are taking effect at Minute Maid Park.

The Houston Astros will no longer allow backpacks into the ballpark. Exceptions will be made for diaper bags, and others required for medical reasons. All bags are still subject to search.

The new policy takes effect on Monday, March 25 when the team plays host to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a two-game spring training series. The Astros open the regular season on Thursday, March 28 against the Tampa Rays in Florida.

Their home opener is Friday, April 5 against the Oakland A's. You can hear all the action all season long on our sister station Sports Talk 790.

Here is the statement from the Astros:

In compliance with Astros security policies, Minute Maid Park will have a new bag and backpack

policy going into effect for the 2019 season. Starting Monday, March 25, fans will not be allowed to bring

backpacks into the ballpark.

Exceptions to this rule include diaper bags, single-compartment drawstring bags and other bags used for

medical reasons may be granted. All bags will be searched prior to entry into the stadium.

For more information, including a full list of what you can and cannot bring into Minute Maid Park, fans are

asked to visit the A-Z Guide on

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