From the Houston Astros Media Relations Department...
HOUSTON - The 18th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, held at Minute Maid Park this weekend (March 2-4), will be televised by AT&T SportsNet SW and streamed on MLB.com and the AT&T SportsNet app. All nine games will air on AT&T SportsNet SW, in the Astros five-state viewing area, with six of the games airing on the primary channel and three on the alternate channel. Fans are asked to check local listings for more information.
The 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will include Kentucky (#7), Vanderbilt (#12), Mississippi State (#21), Houston (#24), the University of Louisiana and Sam Houston State, as ranked by D1Baseball.com.
Additionally, the 2018 field features five teams that played in the 2017 NCAA Regionals, with four teams advancing to Super Regionals in Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State.
Historically, the College Classic has hosted the No. 1 team in preseason polls seven times in tournament history and has hosted two eventual College World Series Champions. Several current Major League players have played in the Classic, including Alex Bregman, David Price, Gerrit Cole, Mike Leake and Anthony Rendon, to name a few.
This year marks the third year that the tournament will carry the name the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which was set forth by a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament and will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.
The Astros Foundation will celebrate the start of the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at the First Pitch Luncheon held Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Participating team head coaches will join Shriners Hospitals for Children patients to discuss the weekend's matchups and the 2018 season. Individual tickets are available for $40 or tables of 10 can be purchased for $400. Visit Astros.com/CollegeClassic for details.
Adult and youth daily tickets and three-day tournament passes are available for purchase online at Astros.com/CollegeClassic and at the Astros box office. Fans can purchase premium tickets or group tickets, for groups of 20 or more, by calling 713-259-8030. Daily tickets purchased in advance are available for $19 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 14 and under). Three-day tournament passes can be purchased for $42 for adults and $24 for youth. Select parking in the Astros controlled lots will be sold for $10 (Lot A).
For interest in hosting a special event at the ballpark over the weekend, please call 713-259-8800. Student tickets will also be available for the tournament, but will only be sold only at the box office.
2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic Schedule*
Friday, March 2
Vanderbilt at Sam Houston St. | 12:05 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet
Kentucky at Houston | 3:35 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet (Alt.)
Mississippi St. at UL-Lafayette | 7:05 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet (Alt.)
Saturday, March 3
Sam Houston St. at Kentucky | 12:05 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet (Alt.)
Vanderbilt at UL-Lafayette | 3:35 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet
Houston at Mississippi St. | 7:05 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet
Sunday, March 4
UL-Lafayette at Kentucky | 11:05 a.m. | AT&T SportsNet
Mississippi St. at Sam Houston St. | 2:35 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet
Houston at Vanderbilt | 6:05 p.m. | AT&T SportsNet
(home teams listed second)
* - times subject to change
For more information about the tournament, please visit Astros.com/CollegeClassic.
About the Houston Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation (TAF) is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. TAF seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk children and teens. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families' ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.