Sugar Land’s minor league baseball stadium wins HBJ Landmark Awards
Constellation Field – home of the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team – was awarded 2013 Landmark Awards from the Houston Business Journal in two categories: Community Impact and Hospitality / Entertainment.
The stadium was created through a public-private partnership that included the City of Sugar Land, Opening Day Partners, the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, Cherokee Investments, the Texas General Land Office and Johnson Development. The Skeeters inaugural season started at the stadium in April 2012, one year after construction began.
The Landmark Awards recognize real estate projects that have made a significant impression on the Houston landscape. A panel of judges selected and placed the finalists into categories based on applications. Winners were announced at a gala and dinner April 11 at the Houstonian Hotel.
Constellation Field is located on 20 acres within the Imperial Redevelopment District that covers approximately 651 acres master-planned to develop a variety of office, commercial, residential and mixed-use elements that also include the redevelopment of the 150-year old Imperial Sugar refinery site.
The $36 million stadium was funded with $30 million from the Sugar Land 4B Corporation and $6 million from Opening Day Partners. Another $7 million from the Sugar Land 4B Corporation will be reimbursed by the Imperial Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone for supporting infrastructure. Other unique aspects of the project include:
• Community input via a citizen task force was commissioned to identify specific projects.
• The public-private partnership ensures both partners have a vested interest in the success of the project.
• Constellation Field was designed to be more than a ballpark. It also provides for year-round community events, baseball tournaments, conventions, concerts, meetings, festivals and galas. The use of economic development sales tax to fund a destination attraction creates jobs and spurs additional commercial development that increases City sales tax revenues.
• Creating a new destination venue next to the former Imperial refinery site acts as a catalyst for redevelopment activities.
Since 2001, Sugar Land Projects have won a total of 12 Landmark Awards, including the two for 2013.
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