HOUSTON, TX — Tickets for the 18th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which will be held from March 2-4, 2018, are now on sale at Astros.com. The three-day, six-team, nine-game tournament, which is held at Minute Maid Park every spring, will feature three programs from local universities, including the University of Houston, Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Lafayette, and three from the SEC, in Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. All nine games over the weekend will pit a local university against an SEC opponent.
The 2018 field is a strong lineup, as it featured five teams that finished ranked in the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches final 2017 poll, including Kentucky (#10), Mississippi State (#12), Vanderbilt (#16), Sam Houston State (#19) and Houston (#24). All five of those ranked teams 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.
Adult and youth daily tickets and three-day tournament passes are now available for purchase online at www.Astros.com/CollegeClassic. 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 once the box office opens in January.
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 tournament’s television schedule will be announced at a later date.
2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic Schedule*
Friday, March 2 Vanderbilt at Sam Houston St. 12:05 p.m.
Kentucky at Houston 3:35 p.m.
Mississippi St. at UL-Lafayette 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 Sam Houston St. at Kentucky 12:05 p.m.
Vanderbilt at UL-Lafayette 3:35 p.m.
Houston at Mississippi St. 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 UL-Lafayette at Kentucky 11:05 a.m.
Mississippi St. at Sam Houston St. 2:35 p.m.
Houston at Vanderbilt 6:05 p.m.
(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.