Skeeters Win Two Atlantic League Post-Season Club Awards

SUGAR LAND, TX— The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced that Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, was named the 2018 Atlantic League Ballpark of the Year. The league also announced that the Skeeters were awarded the 2018 Ray Cipperly Award for Groundskeeping Excellence.

It marks the second time in Skeeters history that Constellation Field has won the league’s award for the top ballpark and it is the fifth time the Skeeters received the award for groundskeeping excellence.

Constellation Field, which welcomed over 325,000 fans through its gates in the 2018 regular season, was also awarded the league’s top ballpark in the Skeeters inaugural season in 2012.

“We’re privileged to get to call Constellation Field our home and are honored to once-again receive the Ballpark of the Year award,” said Skeeters President Jay Miller. “We will continue to strive to keep Constellation Field in the exceptional condition our loyal fans have become accustomed to and are excited for the future of the ballpark.”

Constellation Field made it to the Final Four of Ballpark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks 2018, Independent Baseball,” which was the highest finish in the ballpark’s history.

The Skeeters made several additions to Constellation Field in 2018, headlined by the unveiling of the Sport Court of Texas. Thousands of fans utilized the Sport Court of Texas in 2018, featuring a state-of-the-art Sport Court playing surface and multiple hoop sizes for fans of all ages. Constellation Field also hosted a Fourth of July Festival while the Skeeters were on the road, drawing over 3,500 attendees, and hosted five post-game concerts as part of the Bud Light Summer Concert Series.

Along with the Skeeters’ 73 home contests in 2018, Constellation Field also hosted numerous cultural festivals, the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, company parties and the 2018 Skeeters Baseball Foundation Kickball Classic.

Constellation Field is also getting set to host the fifth-annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights — a 38-night festival running from November through January, which is projected to draw over 30,000 attendees.

Throughout all the events and games at Constellation Field, along with heavy storms that are a characteristic of the Houston area, the field’s playing surface was kept in peak condition all year thanks to the efforts of Head Groundskeeper Brad Detmore, Assistant Groundskeeper, Robert Croteau and their entire staff.

“This award is the result of a total-team effort,” Detmore said. “This is definitely not an individual award. It’s just a testament to the long hours and hard work our staff has grinded through all season long.”

The Skeeters were able to play all 73 home games as scheduled, which included a makeup of what was initially scheduled as a road game at Lancaster. The Skeeters also took home the league’s award for groundskeeping excellence in 2013-15 and ‘16.

Here is a complete list of the 2018 Atlantic League Post-Season Club Awards:

Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence -
Somerset Patriots
Joe Klein Executive of the Year -
Patrick McVerry (Somerset Patriots)
Ballpark of the Year -
Constellation Field (Sugar Land Skeeters)
Ray Cipperly Award for Groundskeeping Excellence -
Sugar Land Skeeters
Promotion of the Year Award -
Long Island Ducks (2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game)
Outstanding Club Community Service Award -
New Britain Bees
Mascot of the Year
- Pinch (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs)

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