CINCINNATI -- The Astros announced Wednesday they won't raise ticket prices for the 2010 season, marking the second consecutive campaign they haven't raised prices from the prior year. In other words, ticket prices have remained the same since 2008.

"We value our fans and focus on customer service at Minute Maid Park," Astros president of business operations Pam Gardner said. "We have designed programs for 2010 that will help keep our great fans coming to our games with a variety of price options for everyone. We recognize the importance of offering affordable options, particularly in the current economic climate."

The club also introduced the "Buy Two, Get Two Free" season-ticket offer for 2010, in which fans who purchase two season tickets in the View Deck I and View Deck II sections or in select Terrace Deck sections will receive an additional two free seasons tickets of equal value in those sections.

The offer is the first of its kind by a major professional sports franchise in the Houston market. With this option, full-season ticket plans begin as low as $415 per plan or $5 per ticket if purchased by the "early bird" deadline of Dec. 18.

On the lower level, early bird season-ticket pricing is as follows: Dugout Boxes are $48 per game; Field Boxes $37; Crawford Boxes $32 and Bullpen Boxes $24. On the second level, early bird season prices are: Tier I Club Boxes $50; Tier II Club Boxes $42 and Mezzanine $18.

The Astros are accepting deposits now for priority on 2010 full-season tickets and 27-game mini plan packages, all of which will go on sale Oct. 26.

Season-ticket plans renewed or purchased before Dec. 18 will allow fans to save up to 10 percent (depending on seat location) compared with purchasing after the early bird deadline. Purchasing before Dec. 18 also allows season-ticket holders to save up to 21 percent on their purchase compared with buying tickets on an individual-game basis.