Constellation Field

From BR Bullpen

  • Name: Constellation Field
  • GPS-able Address: 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498
  • Ballpark Owner: City of Sugar Land
  • Architects: Barton Malow
  • Groundbreaking: 4/5/2011
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Sugar Land Space Cowboys (AAA) 2022-present; Sugar Land Skeeters (AAA) 2021; Sugar Land Skeeters (ind) 2012-2020
  • Class/League History: AAA/Pacific Coast League 2022-present; AAA/Triple-A West 2021; ind/Atlantic League 2012-2020
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/26/2012; stadium debut of indy Skeeters
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: None
  • LF: 325 CF: 405 RF: 323
  • Seats: 7,500
  • Stated Capacity: 8,606
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 8,606, 7/4/2016

Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX, is the home of the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, the Houston Astros' Triple-A Pacific Coast League farm team. In late 2020, the Astros bought a majority interest in the then-independent Sugar Land Skeeters to make that happen as part of MLB's Minor League Reorganization.

After playing their first season in Triple-A under the Skeeters moniker, the Astros rebranded the Skeeters as the "Space Cowboys" before the 2022 campaign.

The ballpark was to host a 2022 spring training Astros and Space Cowboys exhibition game March 28th, but the labor lock-out canceled it along with a March 29th game at Houston's Minute Maid Park. Spring-training schedules for 2023 that were released the previous fall say the idea will be completed March 27th at Constellation and March 28th at Minute Maid.

The Houston suburb built the stadium as the Astros were trying to buy the Omaha Royals. In that scenario, its tenant might have been an MLB-affiliated club from its beginning - although owner Jim Crane was then looking at a different Houston suburb, The Woodlands, as a potential site for a farm club.

The stadium's name was sold, then changed, before it even opened: Houston-based StarTex Power bought naming rights in 2010, dubbed it StarTex Power Field, then merged with Constellation Energy before its 2012 debut. The city-owned stadium has one of eight manual scoreboards in the minors. It can seat 7,500 for baseball and 9,500 for other events.

For their first eight seasons, the Skeeters were part of the independent Atlantic League - where the easternmost ballpark now in the PCL was by far the westernmost. They were one of three indy teams pulled into Affiliated Baseball in the reorganization.

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