Last week Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard and displaced thousands of people. It was a devastating disaster but while it may have damaged the city, it didn’t damage the spirit of Houston sports fans.
This week the Astros returned to their home park to take on the Mets in their first series after playing in Tampa Bay. Astros fans brought canned food for local shelters and the team provided free tickets for thousands of displaced fans.
“I want to thank you all for being here on a very special day for us to start the rebuilding process for our great city. On behalf of the players, coaches, our organization, we want to that everyone in the city of Houston that’s doing something good for somebody else.” - Manager, A.J. Hinch.
The official individual game attendance for their first home series since Harvey was more than 30,000 (about 75% of the stadium’s capacity). This testifies to the spirit of Houston. The Astros swept the Mets showing that #HoustonStrong applies both on and off the field.
Sports Fans Coalition would like to commend the team for returning home and providing food and tickets to their fans and for providing a much-needed morale boost to the community. The Astros have provided a stellar example of the role a team can play for its home town.