While the Sugar Land Skeeters will look different in many ways during the 2021 season, one thing remains fundamentally the same under the umbrella of the Houston Astros: the team wants to remain an affordable source of family entertainment.
The Skeeters open their home slate at Constellation Field with a six-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, from Thursday through May 25. They then host the Albuquerque Isotopes, the top affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, from May 27-June 1.
In celebration of their new Major League Baseball affiliation with the Astros, the Skeeters are giving away replica jerseys of Houston star Jose Altuve for the first 3,000 fans in attendance at each of the first three home games. Magnet schedules will also be given away during the first two home games.
While there have been some pricing changes to Skeeters tickets, some prices have actually dropped, according to Creighton Kahoalii, the Astros’ senior vice president who oversees affiliate business operations. He also said their starting price for stadium seating ($12) is below the $13 average they found when doing market research to compare many of their new Triple-A peers across Texas and around minor league baseball.
Grassland tickets are available starting at $7, with traditional stadium seating starting at $12 per ticket.
What else can fans expect to see when they make their first trip to Constellation Field this year?
“As part of the initial series of updates to the ballpark, fans in our Imperial Box and Diamond Deck will see new-and-improved seating within those areas,” Kahoalii said. “Additionally, we have added a new seating area down the first-base line in conjunction with our partner Coca-Cola. The most significant update is the creation of the Bullpen Patio, which is a field-level fan area that was created by moving the right-field fence in 25 feet and reconfiguring the bullpens.”
Bullpen Patio tickets will be sold in groups of four and seated at tables in right-center field, and each will include a beverage package.
New padded seats were installed for the Imperial Box (located in the first two rows behind home plate in between the dugouts) as well as the outdoor balcony for the second-level Insperity Club.
The Skeeters’ team store was renovated and now features the Skeeters New Era hat collection and an assortment of Astros merchandise.
In addition, the team has installed protective netting across the field-level seating bowl, protecting fans from balls leaving the field of play. Constellation Field now features new wall padding throughout the warning track and new foul poles, both of which match the Astros’ primary orange shade.
The player development area at Constellation Field, located in the lower-level portion of the stadium, includes the additions of a weight room, a full-service kitchen, retractable batting cages, an athletic training room and female and staff locker rooms.
The Constellation Field playing surface was resurfaced with TifTuf Bermudagrass.
Popular promotions that will remain at Constellation Field are Margarita Mondays, featuring $5 full-size margaritas, and Hops and Hot Dogs on Thursdays (not including opening day), which offers fans $1 hot dogs and $2 domestic draft beers. Fireworks will follow Friday night games, and on Sunday Fundays, children can run the bases following the game.