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The Astros aren’t always cheap

Earlier this week I bashed the Astros for not letting people bring in outside food. That’s cheap in my mind, but this other thing they’re doing is the opposite of cheap. It’s actually pretty cool:

If the Astros have their way, the upper decks at Minute Maid Park will be filled with kids for the rest of the summer.

The team unveiled an unprecedented ticket promotion on Thursday in which kids 14 years old and under can attend games for free in selected seating areas until Aug. 23. Fans will receive two free tickets for children with the purchase of each full price adult ticket purchased in the Mezzanine, View Deck 1 or View Deck 2. The promotion, announced by club owner Drayton McLane, is called “Kids Free All Summer.”

Tickets for this promotion go on sale at 10 AM Eastern today, both at the ballpark and at

As is evidenced by the food policy, not everyone gets everything right all the time. But this one the Astros got right, and they deserve to be applauded for it.

(thanks to reader aarcraft for the heads up)