Peter Kirk tells us Constellation Field is the most spectacular ballpark he's opened, and we're guessing Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League) fans will concur at tonight's opening.
Kirk is an expert at new-ballpark openings: he's launched 15 over the years, both in affiliated ball and independent ball. In recent years there's been a certain style to his ballparks based on what we've seen in York, Lancaster and Waldorf: intimate seating, an emphasis on family-friendly amenities, affordable seats and concessions.
Constellation Field is an extension of this philosophy, with some Lone Star twists -- like the eight-story Texas-shaped scoreboard in center field reminiscent of the old scoreboard at Arlington Stadium -- and the same sorts of family features found in other recent Opening Day Partners ballparks, like a carousel, misting machines, swimming pool and kids' play area.
We'll be down soon, either this weekend or in May. In the meantime, here's a preview of the new ballpark from the Houston Chronicle.
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