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First look: New Sugar Land ballpark

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Everyone loves a pretty ballpark rendering. To brighten up your offseason, here's a first look at the new Sugar Land (Texas) ballpark, scheduled to open in 2012 as the home of an independent Atlantic League team.

The ballpark will be built by the city with a $30 million budget (funded by economic-development funds; no general tax revenues will be used to fund the facility) and operated by Opening Day Partners, the same group that already owns and operates several other Atlantic League franchises (Lancaster Barnstormers, York Revolution, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs). The new team will be part of an Atlantic League expansion to Texas.

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