Sugar Land wants to be a more entertaining place than it is now.
Sugar Land City Council is considering a measure to create an entertainment district that would include among other things, a concert hall, minor league baseball stadium and a hotel-convention center.
If council approves the item at its regular meeting today, the measure would be put on the November ballot.
The proposed district is similar to what is being done in other Texas cities, particularly in the Dallas area.
Sugar Land leaders say the district offers a place where locals can go for fun and entertainment without having to leave the city.
"The goal we have always had is to try and create a community where people can live, work, play and be educated and do all of those things within that community," said former Sugar Land Mayor Dave Wallace, co-chairman of the committee studying the project.
However, city officials also want to attract nonresidents to the venues to bring in dollars and thereby boost the local economy.
The district will feature five basic parts, said Joe Esch, executive director of the city's business and intergovernmental relations office.
Esch said plans call for an indoor concert hall of about 6,500 seats, the baseball stadium, a hotel-conference center, a festival site and a cultural arts facility. The entertainment district would adjoin a park that is being constructed along the banks of the Brazos River. The complex would be be erected on land owned by the University of Houston-Sugar Land.
Esch said the size of the stadium would be determined by what type of team plays there.
But before the city moves forward on attracting a team, much work has to be done with the Houston Astros.
Wallace said the city cannot talk to a major league baseball team about locating an affiliated minor league club in Sugar Land without first discussing it with Astros management.
The Astros' territorial rights cover Fort Bend County and Sugar Land, and a minor league team that was affiliated with a major league club could not be located there without the Astros' approval.