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First milestone: Groundbreaking for new Skeeters ballpark

Sugar Land SkeetersConstruction has officially begun on StarTex Power Field, the new home of the Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League), as Peter Kirk and crew were in town to dig up some dirt with the likes of Bob Watson (former Astros GM) and Joe Klein (former Rangers GM, now with the Atlantic League).

The new ballpark is expected to open for the 2012 season. It will cost $27.9 million and will be funded via Sugar Land economic-development funds. Opening Day Partners will run the ballpark and own the Skeeters; Barton Malow and Linbeck have the design/build contract.

Kirk tells us the Sugar Land team will be the first in a planned four-team Atlantic League Texas division, and that news about other teams under the Atlantic League umbrella should be coming through soon, as discussions have been happening with other communities.

Sugar Land Groundbreaking

We’re not going to list everyone at the ceremony, though we will say it’s Peter Kirk and Sugar Land Mayor James Thompon at home plate; bonus points if you can pick Jon Danos, Matt O’Brien, Chris Hill and Frank Boulton out of the lineup.

Image courtesy of Sugar Land.

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