PRESS RELEASE – The Sugar Land Skeeters, the area’s new minor league baseball team announced Wednesday that the official stadium name of their new home will be “Constellation Field”. The name change from “StarTex Power Field” to “Constellation Field” results from the recent merger between StarTex Power and Constellation Energy, one of the nation’s oldest and largest energy providers. Over the next few months StarTex Power will be changing its name to Constellation Energy. No other provisions of the 10-year Naming Rights Agreement are affected by this name change.
The $35 million Constellation Field is currently under construction at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land, and will open this spring. The City of Sugar Land approved the name change at the City Council meeting on Tuesday.
“Constellation’s merger with StarTex enhances an already strong partnership,” said Matt O’Brien, President of the Sugar Land Skeeters. “Adding more resources and community initiatives while maintaining local relationships will only bring greater good for Skeeters Baseball and the entire Sugar Land community.”
Constellation Field, owned by the City of Sugar Land, is a $35 million multi-purpose facility built to Triple-A standards. The stadium will play host to a multitude of other sporting events, including football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as concerts and other non-sporting events. The facility includes 21 sold out suites, premium club seating, year-round entertainment in the Legends Club, a picnic deck, extensive playground facilities and much more.
Constellation has a long history in the Houston area. The company has been in the commercial energy business in Texas since 1999. Constellation Energy employs 500 people, many of whom live in or near the Sugar Land community. It is precisely those connections, which made the support of the stadium so important to Constellation leaders.
“Constellation is not just about providing power to people’s homes,” says Kenny Matula, head of Constellation Energy Mass Markets and 10-year resident of Sugar Land. “It is also about having an impact in people’s daily lives. Community involvement is a cornerstone of our company and Sugar Land is home to many of our own employees, including me. It is an enormous honor to have the opportunity to make such a lasting commitment to the Sugar Land community.”
For Bob Zlotnik, President of StarTex Power, it is that commitment to the community that makes the Constellation involvement so promising. “The fact that the name of the stadium has changed in no way diminishes the excitement or level of commitment to the Skeeters and Sugar Land. In fact, it is just the opposite. Having a company with Constellation’s resources and commitment to community giving only opens the door to even greater opportunities.”
Constellation already has several major events in the works as well as planning support for Little League Teams, fan ticket give-a-ways, personal batting practices with Skeeter’s players and more. Company executives say more details will become available as Opening Day approaches.
About Constellation Energy: Constellation Energy is a leading competitive supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. It owns a diversified fleet of generating units, totaling approximately 12,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is a leading advocate for clean, environmentally sustainable energy sources, such as solar power and nuclear energy. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy had revenues of $14.3 billion in 2010.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters: The Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, will play in the $35 million Constellation Field, which is being constructed by the City of Sugar Land and the Skeeters at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. The Sugar Land Skeeters will play 70 regular season home games annually, starting with the 2012 season which begins on April 26. Constellation Field will play host to a multitude of other sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading and band competitions, as well as concerts, group outings and scout sleepovers. Fixed-seat stadium capacity is approximately 6,200 for baseball, plus additional lawn and standing-room-only tickets. Constellation Field has a capacity of 10,000-plus in concert configuration.
The Sugar Land Skeeters offices are presently located at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land, TX 77479 where additional information, tickets and Inaugural Season merchandise are available. The Skeeters may be reached at http://www.SugarLandSkeeters.com or by calling 281.240.HITS (4487), and on Facebook (facebook.com/SugarLandSkeeters) and Twitter (@SL_Skeeters).