The Express, a highly-valued, Triple-A minor league baseball team, has been a major part of Round Rock in recent history. The team started out in Ogden, Utah in 1979, before moving to Edmonton, Alberta two seasons later. They then played in Canada for 24 years before moving to Round Rock in 2005. In the time since their formation, they have won 11 division titles, two conference titles, and four league titles; their most recent postseason title being won in 2015. Some notable baseball figures have come out of the Round Rock Express as well, such as Roger “Rocket” Clemens, a pitcher in the MLB between 1984 and 2007 and holds the record for third-highest number of strikeouts of all time.
The Round Rock Express enjoys support from companies such as Dell, Whataburger, and US Foods, and from local entities such as St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, WGU Texas, and Lexus of Austin and Lakeway. Average attendance at a Round Rock game in 2018 is 8,738 proud baseball fans. The Round Rock Express gives back the love to the community by sponsoring a summer reading program and supports local charitable organizations at each one of their 70 home games throughout the season. For more information, contact the Round Rock Express about the Chasco Community Partnership.
The Round Rock Express play their home games at Dell Diamond, which opened in 2000, and was originally home to a Double-A minor league team of the same name. It is just a 30-minute drive north of downtown Austin, which is perfect if a Houston Astros game is just too far away. It has ample seating, with the seats in the front rows behind home plate being closer to the plate than the pitcher’s mound is. Plus, this venue is used for lots of other sporting events and concerts, and is ranked as one of the top stadiums in Minor League Baseball. The venue has also seen its fair share of screen time, being featured in Disney’s 2002 film The Rookie, an episode of Fox’s reality TV show The Simple Life, and was most recently used as a filming location for Fear the Walking Dead in late 2017 and early 2018.
Opening day this year is against Nashville Sounds on April 9th. Check to see their schedule of upcoming game for 2019.
If you plan on attending a game, it’s really easy to get to. From Austin, get on northbound Interstate 35 until you hit exit 253. From that exit, get on Route 79/Palm Valley Boulevard, and the stadium will be on the left in four miles. The regular season runs from April to September, and tickets are usually really cheap. You can find information about the team and their upcoming games at https://www.milb.com/round-rock. Tickets can also be purchased from that website.