It's been a great debut for the Sugar Land Skeeters: the team is pacing the independent Atlantic League in attendance and serves as a great calling card for further expansion in the Lone Star State.
The team's new home, Constellation Field, is a hit (we'll be down there at the end of the month), and the team is drawing 6,571 fans a game, good for first in the Atlantic League. That's an important win for the league, but the more lasting effect will come in the future, as the Atlantic League expands: the goal, says Frank Boulton, is four teams in Texas. Montgomery County, which has been talking about new ballpark for several years now, is certainly on the league's radar, and other city leaders in the state have been out to see how the Skeeters run things.
Of course, there's some short-term pain associated with being the only Texas team in an East Coast league: road trips are extended and arduous, involving commercial multistop flights. Still, for now, the Atlantic League's move to Texas has been a success.
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