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Fort Bend County
City of Sugar Land
News Release
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Ceremonial Home Plate Installed at StarTex Power Field Groundbreaking

Sugar Land, Texas – The ceremonial installation of home plate at the future site of StarTex Power Field marked an historic milestone for professional baseball in Sugar Land.

Joining Sugar Land City Council at the event were the Sugar Land Skeeters, Opening Day Partners, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, StarTex Power, Johnson Development and other special guests, including baseball greats Bob Watson, Gary Gaetti and Deacon Jones.

Sugar Land’s $27.9 million minor league baseball stadium is expected to be ready for opening day in April 2012. The 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 generate economic activity annually of approximately $7.7 million or a net return of $169 million over 30 years on the investment of the City and ODP.

Pictured installing home plate are Opening Day Partners Chairman Peter Kirk and Mayor James Thompson. They were joined by (L-R) Greg Wine, of Huitt-Zollars; Shay Shafie, Doug Goff and Larry Johnson, of Johnson Development Corp.; Deacon Jones and Chris Hill, of Opening Day Partners; Jeff Gerber, of PGAL; Matt O'Brien, of the Sugar Land Skeeters; Jon Danos, of Opening Day Partners; Keith Schnetzer, of Tetra Tech; Frank Boulton, of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball; Tim Webster, of Barton Malow; Sugar Land Councilmembers Russell Jones, Michael Schiff, Jacqueline Baly Chaumette and Thomas Abraham (mayor pro tem); Chuck Greco, of Linbeck; Sugar Land Councilmembers Donald G. Olson and Donald L. Smithers; Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard; Bill Bailey, of Linbeck; Sugar Land Director of Economic Development Regina Morales; Sugar Land Project Manager Mike Hobbs; Sugar Land Director of Community Development Jim Callaway; Marcie and Bob Zlotnik, of StarTex Power; and Sugar Land Assistant City Managers Karen Glynn, Steve Griffith and Karen Daly.

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