Building an Urban, Fan-Friendly Ballpark
Hartford, one of National Baseball League’s original cities when it was formed in 1876, has not had a pro baseball team since 1952. That changed in 2017 when the Hartford Yard Goats, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, relocated to their new stadium in Connecticut’s capital city.
The state-of-the-art ballpark was constructed in the northern section of downtown Hartford between 1-84 and 1-91, and was designed to create affordable family entertainment that minor league baseball teams are known for. In addition to hosting the Yard Goats’ 71 home games, the open-air facility will have year-round opportunities to host concerts, sporting events, and corporate- and community-oriented gatherings.
Dunkin’ Donuts Park was named Best Double-A Ballpark in America by Ballpark Digest and BaseballParks.com’s “Ballpark of the Year.” The stadium serves as the catalyst for a downtown renaissance. The ballpark is considered the epicenter of an envisioned $350-million development, which will include retail, residential, dining, and office spaces.