The Sugar Land Skeeters have achieved another historic milestone with a playoff berth and the best record in all of baseball.
After record attendance figures in the team’s first year that far exceeded City projections, the Skeeters will host home playoff games at Constellation Field on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 in the best-of-five Freedom Division series. Should the Skeeters advance, the team will host games three, four and five from Sept. 27-29 in the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series.
“We have the best record in Atlantic League history,” said Skeeters General Manager Chris Jones, “and we have the highest winning percentage of any professional baseball team in North America.
“It’s an exciting time, and we hope everyone comes out to the park on Sept. 17 and 18 and wears their blue because we plan to ‘Blue Swarm’ the park as we begin our bid for Sugar Land’s first championship run.”
Sugar Land’s Constellation Field was completed last year for the Skeeters inaugural minor league baseball season.
A feasibility Study performed in 2009 projected average attendance of 3,314 per game or 300,000 annually. Actual figures for the first season showed an average attendance of 6,751 per game or a total of more than 460,000. Attendance figures for Constellation Field have broken all records for the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
In a national comparison of all professional minor league baseball teams, both affiliated and independent, Sugar Land’s average game attendance has been in the top 25.
Funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes, the stadium is a destination-location that supports the City’s tourism efforts and contributes to the regional economy through direct revenue from the stadium, as well as hotels, restaurants and other retail establishments. Using this benchmark study data, City planners forecast an annual benefit to the City of $7.7 million or a return of $169 million to our economy over 30 years.
“Houston hasn’t seen many playoff games in baseball lately, so this is an exciting time for both residents of Sugar Land and the surrounding region,” said Mayor James Thompson. “Our manager, Gary Gaetti, is known as a fast starter, something he demonstrated in his major league baseball career, including his World Series performance. He’s really got our team playing some impressive baseball right now, and we’re looking forward to great things during this year’s post season.”
Find great seats for the historic series at Visit Sugar Land Convention & Visitor Services. Sugar Land’s brand new visitor website, VisitSugarLandTX.com, is Sugar Land’s visitor information central. Visitors to the 2013 Atlantic League Playoffs can find information on area hotels, attractions, restaurants and local events in one place.