Minor league baseball in Sugar Land?

April 24, 2008 4:34:43 PM PDT
The city of Sugar Land is growing at an enormous pace. And what does a growing city need more than its own baseball team? An artist rendering (above) shows Sugar Land's vision of its cultural entertainment district, complete with an indoor concert venue, a full service hotel and convention center and even a minor league baseball stadium.

"That was one of the ones that was really at the top of the list of things our community would like to see," said Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace.

Wallace says it's too soon to say how big the stadium might be or how much it might cost. He did tell Eyewitness News that the city has already talked to several organizations interested in playing ball there.

"We have had ongoing discussions with a whole host of independents as well as other teams about perhaps coming to the city of Sugar Land," he said.

Because talks are in infancy, Wallace wouldn't' reveal who those teams are. But he does tell us that city leaders recently visited the facility of the Frisco Roughriders near Dallas, not to entice the team to relocate, but to look at their stadium and baseball product as a model to pattern any future Sugar Land team after. One thing he says the city will insist on from all venues built -- construction is not to increase the city's tax burden to citizens.

"We are not going to use general fund revenues to basically pay for something like this," he said. "It has to be self sufficient."

Those living in Sugar Land are excited about the possibility of having such entertainment options right where they live.

"Sugar Land is getting so big now," said Sugar Land resident Megan Hutchison. "It's nice to have entertainment and things to do like that out here without having to go anywhere."

A feasibility study on the stadium begins next month.

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