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Houston Implements Security Measures For World Series Between Astros And Nationals

There will be street closures and an extensive police deployment. METRO is offering free rides to Minute Maid Park on light rail for ticket holders.

Houston Astros at batting practice Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Houston is once again hosting a major sports event with the 2019 MLB World Series between the Astros and the Washington Nationals starting Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. The city is implementing top security measures including street closures and an extensive police deployment. The first game is scheduled to start at 7:08 p.m.

The security measures are similar to those put in place in 2016 when Houston hosted the NCAA’s Men’s Final Four and in 2017 when Super Bowl LI and the World Series were held in the Bayou City.

“The security will be at maximum. We are treating this as a major event, as a Super Bowl event,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday at a news conference. As with other major events, the city has activated the Emergency Operations Center.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, left, and first baseman Yuli Gurriel talk during a practice day for baseball’s World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said all streets surrounding Minute Maid will be closed within a one block radius from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. on game days, including away games.

Acevedo noted that street parking near the stadium will be limited and said vehicles parked illegally will be towed.

The main drop-off location for taxis and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft is at the intersection of La Branch Street and Preston Street.

See a map of the road closures below

“Our entire command staff has been working diligently, as they do with all of these events,” said Acevedo. He added his department has the support of county, state and federal law enforcement.

As part of the security plan, no firearms will be allowed inside Minute Maid.

METRO is offering free rides to Minute Maid Park on light rail trains for people who have tickets. METRO is increasing the number of officers near light rail stations.

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