For at least one game of the 2017 World Series, the retractable roof for Minute Maid Park will be closed.
The Astros announced Thursday that the roof will be closed for Game 3, the first of the three games in Houston. There is no official word yet about Game 4 and 5.
Minute Maid Park roof will be closed for Game 3 tomorrow— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 26, 2017
The Astros roof policy, as reported by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart in 2014, is:
The roof is closed for the threat of rain, the threat of sustained winds above 30 mph, temperatures below 65 degrees for a night game and air temperature or heat-index readings above 88 degrees for a night game or 84 for a day game -- which just about covers late April through the end of the season.
On the current 5-day forecast, the low in Houston is expected to be 45 degrees, 45, and 54 over the next three days. Well within the rules of the ballpark that doesn’t have a heating system in it.
But as pointed out by L.A. Times writer, the decision isn’t up to the Astros.
The decision on opening or closing roof at Minute Maid Park rests with MLB, not the Astros.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 27, 2017
But Astros fans don’t need to be reminded that both games in Houston for the 2005 World Series had the roof open — despite the Astros requests otherwise.