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Consultant: Baseball at new Sugar Land ballpark shouldn’t impact neighbors–but concerts might

atlanticleagueOpposition to new ballparks usually falls along the lines of increased traffic and noise impacting local residents. That’s the case in Sugar Land, Texas, where a proposed Atlantic League ballpark should fall within city noise guidelines during a baseball game — but not for concerts.

Those are the findings of a consultant hired by the Sugar Land City Council to assess the impact of the ballpark on a residential area sitting a half-mile away from the proposed site at Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. The noise created by a ballgame at its noisiest should reach 63 decibels — below the city limit of 65 decibels.

But concerts would be another matter. Not only would the noise levels exceed the 65-decibel limit, they would also create low-frequency sounds that are more easily heard inside.

These findings aren’t expected to impact the development of the ballpark for an independent Atlantic League team; the ballpark is expected to open for the 2012 season. The project is being funded by a local sales tax. A final decision on the ballpark site is expected during the Sept. 21 meeting of the council.

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