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Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Houston-area baseball team hosts event for UH students

Come next Thursday night, those who are willing to take a short trip outside of Houston can end their arduous search for affordable entertainment on a college-student budget.

The Sugar Land Skeeters are a little-known baseball team located on the outskirts of downtown Houston. On Sept. 1, the team will host a UH-themed “College Night” in which both tickets and drinks will be sold at discounted prices.

“UH students can expect a fun and affordable experience,” said Graham Veile, Skeeters sales manager and UH alumnus. “The objective for UH night is to offer students a night out promoting fun, school pride and unity through baseball while raising money for their university.”

Tickets will be sold to students using the promo code “uofh” for $12. With every ticket purchased the Skeeters will make a $4 donation to the UH Alumni Association.

In addition, every Thursday at Constellation Field is “Thirsty Thursday” in which beers and sodas are sold for just $2.

Funds received by the UH Alumni Association will help maintain the University’s Tier One status, improved infrastructure and scholarships for current students. Having a strong alumni association inherently increases the value of a UH degree.

“The Sugar Land Skeeters aim to promote the visibility of product through channels, promotions, and fundraisers that benefit the entity involved,” Veile added. “The UH Alumni Association does a great job and we have a product that can help facilitate their fundraising goals which in turn serves the needs of the University.”

The Skeeters are an independent league team who are about the equivalent of a Triple-A baseball team — except for no direct affiliation with a MLB club. However, that has not prevented the Skeeters from producing MLB-level talent.

Since their formation in 2012, the Skeeters have sent four players to the MLB, and have even featured brief pitching stints by baseball Hall of Famer Roger Clemens and former Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady.

Whether you come because you want to see a first-place baseball team, unique Constellation Field, or simply want to enjoy a weeknight with discounted tickets and drinks, “College Night” with the Skeeters is the place to be on Sept. 1.

“Students will be welcomed by staff at the gates and directed to their seats with a free program in hand,” Veile said. “At college night, the UH contingent will be our main focus.”

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