City of Sugar Land, Sugar Land, Texas
The City of Sugar Land engaged CSL to assess the feasibility of a new minor league ballpark and live music entertainment venue. The ballpark feasibility study addressed the viability of both affiliated baseball (AAA, AA, or A) and independent league baseball in the Houston suburb. The feasibility study included an overview of minor league baseball including the various classifications, facilities, market populations and other characteristics to determine the most suitable minor league ballpark development option. The ballpark would be located within the territorial rights of the Houston Astros, who must grant permission for any affiliate team to relocate to Sugar Land. This permission was not granted and independent league baseball became the focus. The feasibility study included survey results with local residents and companies, case studies of other independent league ballpark development and assessment of the competitive environment in which the ballpark and team would operate. The feasibility study also included a recommended building program, cost estimates, demand estimates, financial pro formas, economic impacts and funding options.
The $37 million, 7,500-seat Constellation Field opened in 2012 and is the new home of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.