Gridlock Alert: Crowds and closures will cause major traffic in downtown Houston for Yankees vs. Astros ALCS Game 1

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Astros play Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at home tonight, which means you can expect some major traffic downtown.

The Astros will face the Yankees after the New York team wrapped up their AL Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday, overcoming a 2-1 series deficit.

The street fest and gates open at Minute Maid Park at 3:30 pm, and the first pitch is scheduled for 6:37 pm The game will likely end between 9:30 pm and 10 pm

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You can expect a lot of traffic through the afternoon, with lane closures around Texas Avenue, Crawford Street, Congress Street and Preston Street.

If you need to get in and out of downtown, you’ll want to use the entrances and exits around City Hall and midtown.

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The Astros and Yankees will face each other for the third time in the ALCS in the last six seasons. The previous two Houston-New York series resulted in the ‘Stros advancing to the World Series.

2022 AL Championship Series schedule

  • Game 1: at Houston, Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Game 2: at Houston, Thursday, 6:37 pm
  • Game 3: at New York Yankees, Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • Game 4: at New York Yankees, Sunday, Oct. 23, 6:07 pm
  • Game 5*: at New York Yankees, Monday, Oct. 24, 3:07 pm or 4:07 pm
  • Game 6*: at Houston, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:07 pm or 6:37 pm
  • Game 7*: at Houston, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:37 pm

All times listed are CDT. Games 5-7 are if necessary*.

If the NL Championship Series is over after Oct. 23rd, then ALCS Game 5 will move to 4:07 PM CDT. If the NLCS is over after Oct. 24th, then ALCS Game 6 will move to 6:37 PM CDT.

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