The Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League) will attempt to use footage captured strictly by drones for their regular-season finale broadcast, scheduled for September 22.
The “Game of Drones” will be presented by Impressive Management and Sacred Leaf of Texas. First pitch for the contest against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will be at 2:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted live on the Skeeters official YouTube channel. Three drones will be flying around Constellation Field concurrently to capture the game footage from various angles.
“To be the first pro sports team to our knowledge that’ll be able to use this revolutionary drone technology for an entire broadcast is pretty special,” said Skeeters President Christopher Hill. “We’ll be able to showcase beautiful Constellation Field and the surrounding Sugar Land community in ways that we’ve never done before.”
The Skeeters have named iSky Drone Services as their official drone provider for the “Game of Drones.” With nearly 30 years of experience, iSky will provide the three drones and FAA-certified pilots to capture the unique perspectives of award-winning Constellation Field.
“iSky is excited to be the official drone partner of the Sugar Land Skeeters,” said Russell Kutach, president of iSky Drone Services. “We are looking forward to being a part of this historic broadcast that will utilize only drones during the game to deliver a first-time experience for the fans.”
The Skeeters will intermittently play the drone broadcast footage on their Texas-sized scoreboard in center field throughout the contest to give fans in attendance views of the drone footage that will be on the broadcast.
The Skeeters and iSky will be using DJI Inspire 2 drones, which specializes in aerial cinematography. There will be iSky pilots set up on the roof of Constellation Field, piloting the three drones that will be capturing the footage. The drones will not be hovering over fair territory or fans in the field-box sections at Constellation Field at any point during the game.