On Tuesday, Sugar Land’s city council officially approved the Houston Astros’ acquisition of the Sugar Land Skeeters, the former independent baseball team that will serve as the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate beginning this season.
The acquisition agreement included the Astros and the City of Sugar Land partnering on a lease extension, keeping them at Constellation Field through at least the 2045 season according to a news release from the Skeeters.
The Zlotnik family, which has owned the franchise since its inception in 2012, will maintain ownership as partners with the Astros.
"Tonight’s city council approval is the culmination of a decade-long journey to bring affiliated baseball to Sugar Land for the long-term," Kevin Zlotnik said. “…The next chapter of baseball in Sugar Land will surely be its best and we look forward to seeing everyone at Constellation Field this summer."
It was announced in November that the Astros had acquired the Skeeters, and the Astros subsequently began renovations at Constellation Field. The Skeeters’ inaugural season as an Astros affiliate will begin on May 6 with a road series against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Sugar Land’s home opener is set for May 20 against the El Paso Chihuahuas.
“Our affiliation with the Astros is very unique and provides many new and exciting opportunities for our community,” Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman said. “Our residents identified Major League Baseball as something we wanted to achieve a decade ago to grow entertainment and tourism, and we delivered on their request.”