Sugar Land Skeeters ready for Opening Day

April 26, 2012 4:39:57 PM PDT
The countdown is on to the inaugural game for the Skeeters, Sugar Land's new minor league baseball team. Preparations are now underway at Constellation Stadium

Shoveling, cleaning, and decorating. Workers are putting finishing touches on Constellation Field, the brand new home of the Skeeters. The new minor league team plays Pennsylvania's York Revolution in its first game Thursday night. But fans will find far more than baseball here.

"We're going to have drinks, jugglers, stilt walkers, human pyramids," said Skeeters Communications Manager Bryan Hodge. "We'll have radio stations broadcasting live."

The field has a gift shop, a merry-go-round and even a swimming pool. Sugar Land voters approved the $37 million project back in 2008.

"It's something that Sugar Land can call their own and be proud of," said Hodge. "Sugar Land has put so much effort into this stadium."

"It's about time that we get some local sports," said Sugar Land resident Justin Graham. "People are crazy about high school sports so naturally they'll be pretty excited about this."

"It's good for our side of town; people who stay on the southwest part of Highway 6," added Ft. Bend County resident Myles Moore. " So I'll go to some baseball games to check it out. Beats going all the way downtown."

One Skeeters fan even has a challenge to the Major Leagues.

"I think the Skeeters will be a better team than the Astros," said Ft. Bend County resident Scott Laclaire.

Opening ceremonies start at 4:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. There are 10,000 seats at the Constellation Field and it is expected to be packed for Opening Day. The Skeeters play 140 regular season games.

For more information on the Skeeters' roster, schedule and tickets, visit SugarLandSkeeters.com.


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