Astros to replace part of press box with seats

The Astros are removing part of their press box and replacing it

with premium seating for next season.

The team said Thursday it will open a club seating area on the

lower press box-concourse level behind home plate at Minute Maid

Park that will include a bar and dining option. The area had been

used for working sports writers, who will be moved up to the

broadcast level.

Astros president of business operations Pam Gardner said it will

be ”a fun, hip, space for our fans that will be located in a prime

viewing location.”

Houston also will install two high-definition video boards,

including a 54-by-124-foot primary screen in right field. The

current board is 26-by-45. A small board will be constructed in

left, and a ribbon board of more than 1,000 feet will be