The Sugar Land Skeeters, a team in the independent Atlantic League, play at Constellation Field, The stadium opened in 2012 and seats 7,500. This is a multi-use field. The Skeeters were playing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and lost 9-4. The box score was Blue Crabs R-9, H-11, E-0 and Skeeters R-4, H-7, E-3. The field lines are RF-348', CF-405', and LF 325'. There are 20+ suites, a special seating area behind home plate, berm in right field, and very large covered picnic plaza in left field. The scoreboard in the wall in left field is manually operated with pitcher information above it. In center field is a huge Texas shaped video board showing player information and advertising. The bullpens are in right field. There is a children's fountain water feature in center field. This was an 11:00 game and I had to drive over 4 hours to get to it from Cleburne. Being a day game I knew there would be a lot of children there. Sure enough there were around 6000 daycare/summer camp children in attendance. They were sprayed with water from the suite level between innings. Tucked away in a back corner was the statue of Richard (Wee Dickie) Kerr who pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 1919 to 1921. Skeeter is the mascot. One mid-inning activity is sponsored by a local dentist and features a race with a dentist, tooth, and cavity, who always loses. The pitcher is delivered to the infield area via a golf cart with a baseball cover. A child gets to steal second base, by running to the outfield to pick up a base and bring it back to second. The game was moving right along until the top of the 7th when the Blue Crabs scored 5, then slowed down very much. Sitting in front of me was a player's wife and her probably one year old son. It was interesting watching him follow the sound of a bat hitting a ball and a ball being caught by the catcher. He knew right where to look. This is my 300th ballpark to visit.
Space Center Houston is 40 miles east. The official visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center tells the story of America's manned space flight program through historic artifacts, hands-on exhibits, live presentations and behind-the-scenes tours. A guided 90-minute tram tour stops at old Mission Control and the Space Shuttle training Facility. Great activities for children. Fee.