Sugar Land recently began the process to select a final design-build contractor for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 59. A final decision is expected in late January.
Architectural renderings have been prepared and are available at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/sugarland/cultural_district/index.asp. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2011 to have the stadium ready for opening day in April 2012.
Sugar Land City Council approved on Oct. 5 Lease and Development Agreements with Opening Day Partners, LLC to bring professional minor league baseball to Sugar Land. ODP -- an experienced community-focused operator that emphasizes year-round community events and activities at their stadiums -- will own and operate Sugar Land's baseball team. ODP will be the owner of an Atlantic League expansion team in Sugar Land.
The $30 million stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium. In addition to the stadium serving as a community amenity, a conservative cost-benefit analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International conservatively estimates the project will provide an annual benefit of $7.7 million, or a return of $169 million over 30 years.