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Spring Training

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The Houston Astros will begin preparations for the 2006 Championship Season on Friday, Feb. 17, when pitchers and catchers report to Osceola County Stadium and Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. The pitchers and catchers work out for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 18. Position players report Thursday, Feb. 23 with the first full-squad workout slated for the following day, Friday, Feb. 24.

Astros Spring Training Ballpark History
After 21 spring camps in Astrotown at Cocoa, Fla., the Astros decided to try something new in 1985. They cleared ground near U.S. 192 and started from scratch, building the state-of-the-art Osceola County Stadium complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

When it opened, the complex was hailed as the best of its kind in Florida, and its unique "cloverleaf" design has served as a blueprint for many teams as they built new spring facilities - Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minnesota. The stadium and complex has been more than the Astros spring training home for the past 20 seasons. It has played host to many local civic events. The playing field at Osceola County Stadium was also recognized by Sports Turf Magazine and the Beam Clay Company as its Baseball Field of the Year for 1990-91.

stadium diagram The Astros opened Osceola County Stadium on March 3, 1985, when a record crowd of 6,742 saw Houston defeat the New York Yankees 9-6. Last year, the stadium re-opened its doors once again against the Yankees, but with a whole new look. It underwent an $18.4 million renovation, featuring a new facade, new seating, expanded clubhouses and training facilities, a picnic area and a re-designed press box and concession areas. A recent lease agreement will keep the Astros in the upgraded Kissimmee facility through 2016. The team is currently riding on the sixth-longest tenure in the Majors at a Florida spring home.

Houston first conducted spring training in Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1962 and 1963 before moving to Cocoa in 1964.

STADIUM ADDRESS
Osceola County Stadium
1000 Bill Beck Boulevard
Kissimmee, Florida 34744
(321) 697-3200
STADIUM DIMENSIONS
Foul Lines 330 feet
Power Alleys 390 feet
Center Field 410 feet
Height of Outfield Walls 8 feet

DIRECTIONS TO OSCEOLA COUNTY STADIUM

FROM: Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach
Florida Turnpike North, get off Exit 242 and turn left (northwest) on US 192, drive three miles to Bill Beck Blvd. (Tourist Infromation Center on corner) turn right, take Bill Beck Blvd. for 7/10 mile, turn left into parking lot (parking for buses is to the left front, near complex).

FROM: Bradenton, Clearwater, Dunedin, Lakeland, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg
Interstate 4 East to Exit 64 (US 192 East), take US 192 East approximately 15 miles to Bill Beck Blvd.. Turn left on Bill Beck Blvd., 7/10 mile turn left into parking lot.

FROM: Orlando, Daytona Beach
Turnpike south to Exit 244, turn right on US 192, drive 1 mile to Bill Beck Blvd., turn right, take Bill Beck Blvd. for 7/10 mile, turn left into parking lot.

FROM: Winter Haven
Take 17-92 to Kissimmee, turn right on US 192 going East approximately three miles to Bill Beck Blvd. Turn left onto Bill Beck Blvd., go 7/10 mile and turn left into parking lot.

FROM: Orlando Airport
Take the South exit (to Kissimmee) out of the airport. Merge onto Boggy Creek Road, pass under the #417 - Greenway and continue on Boggy Creek to the next stop light (Circle K store on corner) turn right, this is still Boggy Creek Rd., after you pass the Lakeside Subdivision stay in the right hand lane and go right at the next light (still Boggy Creek), go over the bridge, turn left at the light (Bill Beck Blvd.). Stadium parking lot will be on the right approximately 1/2 mile ahead.

FROM: East Orlando, Oviedo, UCF Area
Take the #417 - Greenway south to Boggy Creek Rd., make a left on Boggy Creek, go to the first stop light and turn right, this is still Boggy Creek Rd., after you pass the Lakeside Subdivision stay in the right hand lane and go right at the next light (still Boggy Creek), go over the bridge, turn left at the light (Bill Beck Blvd.). Stadium parking lot will be on the right approximately 1/2 mile ahead.

FROM: International Drive
Take Sand Lake Blvd. east to John Young Parkway, turn right (south), follow John Young Parkway until you reach US 192 in Kissimmee, turn left, take US 192 east to Bill Beck Blvd., turn left, parking lot is 7/10 mile on the left.

Spring Training lodging information
ALL STAR Vacation Homes
7822 W. Irlo Bronson Highway
Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-997-0733 or TOLL FREE 888-249-1779, 100 Rooms/Homes

Best Inn Maingate
7571 West Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-7500, 281 Rooms

Bright Star Vacation Homes
4533 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-8037, 70 Rooms

Clarion Hotel Maingate
7675 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-4000, 198 Rooms

Clarion Suites Resort World
2800 North Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee
407-997-5000, 311 Suites

Days Inn Kissimmee East
2095 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-846-7136, 122 Rooms

Econo Lodge Inn Kissimmee
4669 W Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-1890, 117 Rooms

Econolodge Maingate East
4311 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-7100, 173 Rooms

Eden Vacation Homes Inc.
4702 Windwood Drive, Kissimmee
407-390-0247, 5 Rooms

Enterprise Motel
4121 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-933-1383, 49 Rooms

Feel Like Home
714 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee
407-438-1613, 25 Rooms

Four Points Hotel Lakeside
7769 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-2222, 651 Rooms

Four Points Sheraton
4018 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-870-2000, 221 Rooms

Holiday Inn Express Kissimmee East
2145 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-846-4646, 146 Rooms

Holiday Inn Kissimmee Downtown
2009 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-846-2713, 200 Rooms, 8 Suites

Holiday Villas
2928 Vineland Road, Kissimmee
407-397-0700

Homewood Suites
3100 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee
407-396-2229, 156 Suites

Howard Johnson Express Inn
4643 W Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-1340, 93 Suites

Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
4836 W Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-4762, 131 Rooms, 90 Suites

Howard Johnson Inn
2323 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-846-4900, 186 Rooms

Hyatt Orlando
6375 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-1234, 922 Rooms, 19 Suites

Knights Inn - Kissimmee
4131 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-847-4707, 54 Rooms

Lion's Luxury Villas
1539 Oak Hill Trail, Kissimmee
407-397-1644, 11 Rooms

Masters Inns
5367 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-4020, 196 Rooms

Motel 6 Orlando East
5731 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-6333, 351 Rooms

Orlando Sun Village
4403 Sun Village Boulevard, Kissimmee
407-390-4000, 60 Rooms

Orlando's Key Vacation Homes Disney Area
7962 Magnolia Bend Court, Kissimmee
407-933-7789, 20 Rooms

Orlando's Key Vacation Maingate
7953 Golden Pond Court, Kissimmee
407-933-7789, 29 Rooms

Quality Inn & Conference Center
2050 East Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
407-846-4545, 152 Rooms, 2 Suites

Quality Inn Lake Cecile
4944 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-4455, 222 Rooms

Ramada Inn Resort Eastgate
5150 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee
800-327-9179, 402 rooms

Red Roof Inns
4970 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee
407-396-0065, 102 Rooms

Stadium Inn & Suites
2039 E Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-846-7814, 113 Rooms, 94 Suites

Star Island Resort & Club
5000 Avenue of the Stars, Kissimmee
407-997-8000, 258 Suites

Sun Motel
5020 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-2673, 106 Rooms

Sunray Vacations, Inc.
4805 Jamaica Lane, Kissimmee
407-396-6613, 72 Rooms

Travelodge Hotel Main Gate East
5711 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee
800-327-1128, 446 rooms

Travelodge Hotel - Airport South
201 Simpson Road, Kissimmee
407-846-1530, 198 Rooms, 1 Suite

Spring Training dining information

American
Fridays
5034 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-397-2200, Inexpensive

Greenhouse Restaurant
7769 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee
407-396-2222

International House of Pancakes
1815 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-846-2311, Inexpensive

Morrisons Cafeterias
Osceola Square Mall, Kissimmee
407-846-6011, Inexpensive

Omelet House
7618 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-6957, Inexpensive

Perkins Family Restaurants
3419 West Vine St, Kissimmee
407-847-3577, Inexpensive

Perkins Family Restaurants
3419 West Vine St, Kissimmee
407-239-7575, Inexpensive

Summerhouse
6375 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-1234, Moderate

Ally Gator's Restaurant
9200 West US Highway 192, Kissimmee
407-870-2434, Inexpensive

Bennigan's
5877 West Highway 192, Kissimmee
407-390-0687, Inexpensive

Flagglers
7675 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-4000, Inexpensive

Asian, Chinese, Japanese
Chengs
2511 Boggy Creek Rd, Kissimmee
407-348-6833

China Express
3831 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-933-7807

China Pearl
2959 Vineland Rd, Kissimmee
407-397-4448

Emperors Wok
1166 E Vine St, Kissimmee
407-847-0667

Golden City
1315 N Bermuda Ave, Kissimmee
407-933-4788

Hunan Chinese
2648 N Orange Blossom Trl, Kissimmee
407-847-8868, Inexpensive

Osaka Japanese Steak House
3155 West Vine St, Kissimmee
407-847-8822, Moderate

Pagoda Garden Chinese Restaurant
5737 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-0669, Inexpensive

Regent Chinese & American Restaurant
2250 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-931-0888, Inexpensive

Szechuan Chinese Restaurants
5489 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-1885

Twin Dragons Restaurant
4002 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-846-6161

Yoji Japanese Steakhouse
4592 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-6858, Moderate

Italian
Fio Fio Italian Restaurant
6375 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-1234

Francesco Italiano Restaurant
4924 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-0889

Giannis Restaurant
610 E Vine St, Kissimmee
407-846-4331, Moderate

Giuseppes Italian Restaurant
3624 W Vine St, Kissimmee
407-847-9938

La-Forchetta Ristorante Italiano
321 S Bermuda Ave, Kissimmee
407-933-4215, Moderate

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
5021 West Space Coast Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-1680, Inexpensive

Pacinos Italian Ristorante
5795 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-239-4141

Pauls Italian Deli And Restaurant
812 E Vine St, Kissimmee
407-933-0766, Inexpensive

Tarantinos Italian Restaurant
917 N Bermuda Ave, Kissimmee
407-870-2622

Steak, Barbeque & Seafood
Atlantic Bay Seafood Grill
2901 Parkway Boulevard, Kissimmee
407-396-7736, Moderate

Calico Jacks Oyster Bar & Seafood House
3501 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-847-7278

Captain Nemo's Seafood & Steak House
5469 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
407-239-7729, Moderate

Cattlemans Steak House
2948 Vineland Road, Kissimmee
407-238-2333, Moderate

Charley's Steak House
2901 Parkway Boulevard, Kissimmee
407-239-1270, Moderate

Outback Steakhouse
3109 West Vine St, Kissimmee
407-931-0033, Moderate

Perkins Cake & Steak
7451 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-0845, Moderate

Perkins Cake & Steak
5170 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-8960, Moderate

Ponderosa Steak House
5771 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
407-397-2100, Moderate

Ponderosa Steak House
4024 West Vine Street, Kissimmee
407-846-3339, Moderate

Ponderosa Steak House
7598 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee
407-396-7721, Moderate

Punjab
3404 W Vine St, Kissimmee
407-931-2449, Moderate

Red Lobster
5690 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee
407-396-6997, Inexpensive

Red Lobster
4010 W Vine St, Kissimmee
407-846-3513, Inexpensive

Stinebaugh BBQ
1150 E Donegan Ave, Kissimmee
407-846-2366