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Minute Maid Park bans backpacks at ballpark

The clock tower at Minute Maid Park in Houston is seen in this Oct. 26, 2017, image.
The clock tower at Minute Maid Park in Houston is seen in this Oct. 26, 2017, image. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Minute Maid Park has banned backpacks inside its gates, officials with the park said. 

An exception, however, may be made for diaper bags, Astros Buddies, single-compartment drawstring bags and other bags used for medical reasons. Bags also larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches are not permitted.

According to the Astros website, the following items are not allowed inside the park:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol
  • Animals (except for service animals)
  • Bags larger than 16" x 16" x 8"
  • Backpacks are prohibited (exceptions for manufacturer designed diaper bags, Astros Buddies, single-compartment drawstring bags and other bags used for medical reasons may be granted if they are within the MLB bag-size requirements not to exceed 16" x 16" x 8").
  • Backpacks used as diaper bags will not be permitted into the ballpark.
  • Banners or signs larger than 3' x 2' (Banners must be baseball-related and support teams and players, so long as they are in good taste. The Astros do not permit signs, posters or banners which are obscene, slanderous or in bad taste. No items are permitted to be affixed to signs and no signs may be affixed to the ballpark)
  • Beverages & containers other than factory-sealed plastic water bottles 1 liter or less
  • Cameras with lenses larger than 8 inches
  • Clothing deemed obscene or indecent
  • Coolers - hard sided and Styrofoam coolers, hard plastic inserts for soft sided coolers (soft sided coolers not to exceed bag size of 16"x16"x8")
  • Costume masks
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Folding chairs
  • Food in a portion larger than a clear, one-gallon size bag
  • Hover boards and other personal recreational devices
  • Inflatables (i.e. beach balls, basketballs, balloons)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Luggage
  • Noise makers (whistles, horns, bells, etc.)
  • Poles or sticks of any kind (i.e. flagpoles, broom handles, nets)
  • Skateboards, roller skates, roller shoes, bicycles, wagons for children
  • Tripods, bipods or monopods
  • Weapons - including but not limited to firearms, knives, mace
  • Any item deemed inappropriate or hazardous by ballpark security

To see more information about security, as well as what items are banned, visit the park's website.