PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced the Hartford Yard Goats as the recipient of the 2019 John Henry Moss Community Service Award for demonstrating outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within its local community and within the baseball industry. The Yard Goats will receive the award on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront during the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet. Created in 2013 by Minor League Baseball, the award honors the late John Henry Moss, who founded what would become the South Atlantic League in 1959 and led the league as its president until 2007.
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Former Developer of Yard Goats Yard Seek New Trial
The former developers of Hartford’s minor league ballpark, who recently lost a legal case against the city over construction delays, are asking for a new trial or for a judge to overrule the jury’s verdict. Read more here.
City Prevails in Hartford Ballpark Lawsuit
City officials in Hartford (CT) celebrated a major victory in court Tuesday, as a jury ruled in favor of the city in a high-stakes lawsuit launched by the fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park who sought tens of millions in damages. Read more here.
Hartford Ballpark Trial Starts Wednesday
A bitter lawsuit between the City of Hartford (CT) and the fired former developer of Dunkin’ Donuts Park is coming to a head. The trial between the city and Centerplan Construction starts Wednesday. Read more here and here.
No More Peanuts, Cracker Jacks at Dunkin’ Donuts Park
PRESS RELEASE – The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, announced it will no longer sell shelled peanuts and Cracker Jack at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in an effort to make the venue more accessible for those with peanut and tree nut allergies.
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Sports Turf Managers Association Names Sixth Annual ‘Mowing Patterns Contest’ Winner
PRESS RELEASE – – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – names Kyle Calhoon, Sports Turf Manager at the Hartford Yard Goats (Hartford, Conn.), its sixth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest” winner.
Filed under Awards & Recognition, Field & Turf
Signage Change Coming at Dunkin’ Donuts Park?
The classic signage atop Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League), that sold out more than two-thirds of its games last season, is in doubt as the coffee giant announced Tuesday it is dropping the word “Donuts” from its logo. What that means for the ballpark’s namesake is still unclear. Read more here.
Filed under Branding & Marketing
Yard Goats to Open ‘Links at the Yard’
The Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) have announced they will host a four-day golf event at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, called “Links at the Yard,” from September 27-30. Read more here. Get details here.
Yard Goats to Play as ‘Steamed Cheeseburgers’ for One Game
The Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) will play one game as the Hartford Steamed Cheeseburgers this season to pay homage to the steamed burger that is claimed to have been invented in Connecticut.
Yard Goats will play one game as the Hartford Steamed Cheeseburgers this season. In homage to the steamed cheeseburger which was invented in Connecticut. pic.twitter.com/qXxjj85M0l
— Hartford Yard Goats (@GoYardGoats) February 8, 2018
Filed under Fun & Atmosphere, Promotions & Entertainment
Former Developers File Notice of Intent to Sue
Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, the fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and Hartford’s larger downtown north project, have filed a notice of intent to sue over the properties surrounding the ballpark. Read more here.
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Legal
Centerplan Construction Alleges Tortious Interference by Yard Goats
An attorney for Centerplan Construction Co. has claimed in court that representatives of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) pressured the city of Hartford (CT) into ordering millions of dollars in improvements to Dunkin’ Donuts Park that it couldn’t afford and the team had no intention of paying for. Read more here.
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Hartford Seeking New Proposals for Ballpark Area Development
The city of Hartford (CT) is moving swiftly to seek new proposals for the property around Dunkin’ Donuts Park, just weeks after it fired the original developer of the ballpark from other projects in the Downtown North neighborhood. Read more here.
Hartford Drops Centerplan and DoNo as Ballpark Area Developers
The city of Hartford (CT) says it has filed a counterclaim against the one-time developers of the city’s minor league baseball stadium and ended an agreement with them to develop the surrounding area. Read more here.
Dunkin’ Donuts Park Named 2017 ‘Ballpark of the Year’
Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford (CT), the long-awaited new home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League), is the winner of BaseballParks.com’s award for the 2017 Ballpark of the Year. Read press release here. Read full ballpark review here.
Filed under Awards & Recognition, Design & Construction, Stadium Issues
Pondering Triple-A Ball in Hartford
The Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) are, for the moment, free agents. And here sits Hartford (CT) with a gleaming new downtown stadium. Read more here.
Filed under League & Franchise, Market & Location
Hartford Whalers (NHL) Alumni Weekend Begins Tonight
The Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) will pay homage to the former Hartford Whalers (NHL) Friday-Sunday with a Whalers alumni weekend extravaganza. There will be fireworks, a poster giveaway, appearances by former Whalers players, and the team will be sporting themed jerseys and caps. Read more and watch news report here. View photo gallery here.
Hartford Racks Up Legal Bills, On-Hold ‘DoNo’ Development Driving Up Costs
Since 2016, the city of Hartford (CT) has paid attorneys more than $370,000 to handle lawsuits associated with the construction of Dunkin Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League). Meanwhile the “DoNo” development that was expected to help pay down the bond interest remains on hold until the legal issues are resolved. Read more and watch news report here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Legal, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Ballpark Visit ALERT: Dunkin’ Donuts Park (Hartford, CT)
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the long-awaited new home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) in Hartford (CT). Mock’s in-depth review weighs in at a whopping 7,500-words and four-dozen photographs covering everything from ballpark design to fan amenities and concessions. Read more and view photos here.
Filed under Ballpark Visits
Yard Goats Open New Ballpark in Front of 6,850
After two years of construction, two canceled opening days, $10 million in cost overruns, an ongoing lawsuit against the city and an entire season played on the road, Dunkin’ Donuts Park has opened with the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) first-ever game in the capital city. Read more here. View photo gallery here. View more photos here.
Standing Room Only for Tonight’s Inaugural Home Opener at Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Earlier this week during a breakfast with corporate and civic leaders at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Hartford (CT) Mayor Luke Bronin quipped that he couldn’t help anyone who needed tickets to Thursday’s sold out Hartford Yard Goats home opener. Read more here. Read more home opener thoughts here.
Despite Hartford’s Ballpark Woes, Collateral DoNo Redevelopment Coming
Hartford’s shiny new minor league ballpark has dramatically transformed what for decades was a just barren stretch of land north of downtown. But the bigger prize is the redevelopment of the land around Dunkin’ Donuts Park into an urban neighborhood. Read more here.
Former Developers of Hartford Ballpark Seeking $90 Million
Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, the former developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, have amended a lawsuit against the city of Hartford (CT) and are now seeking more than $90 million. Read more here.
FBI Investigating Hartford Ballpark Project
The FBI is launching an investigation into the Dunkin Donuts Park project, and it appears the city of Hartford’s information-sharing spurred the action. Read more here.
Yard Goats Partner with The Latino Way to Promote Initiatives in Spanish
PRESS RELEASE – The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, has announced a partnership with The Latino Way; a marketing and media group specializing in Hispanic marketing, advertising and publishing. Continue reading
Filed under Amenities & Features, Media
Bank Sues Former Developer of Yard Goats Ballpark
Waterbury (CT)-based Webster Bank is suing Centerplan Construction Co., the former builder of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, for allegedly partially defaulting on three separate loans totaling more than $10.2 million. Read more here.
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Legal
Dunkin’ Donuts Park Still on Pace for April 13 Opening
Officials working to finish Dunkin’ Donuts Park in time for a Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) home opener less than three months away reiterated Tuesday that they will get the job done on time. Read more here.
Final Concourse Piece Installed at Dunkin’ Donuts Park
The final piece of the concourse at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford was placed on Friday at the stadium. Construction crews with Whiting-Turner were seen using a crane to place the bridge, which connects left field to center field. It was a gaping hole left behind when the city fired the old developer. Read more and watch news report here.
Arch Insurance Confirms Yard Goats Yard Will Open April 13
Dunkin’ Donuts Park is on target to open April 13 , 2017 for the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) inaugural home opener, according to officials charged with completing the much-delayed project. Read more here.
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Former Ballpark Developer, City Headed Toward Dispute Mediation
The former developer of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and the city of Hartford may come together to resolve their dispute via mediation as work at the $71 million, publicly financed stadium has resumed under a different firm. Read more here.
Filed under Lease & Contracts, Legal
Centerplan Files Motion to Stop Ballpark Construction Restart
Centerplan Construction, the original general contractor and developer of Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford (CT), is looking to put the brakes on future construction at the stadium. Read more and watch news report here.
New Contractor Chosen, Work to Resume Next Week on Yard Goats Home
A new contractor has been chosen to finish Dunkin’ Donuts Park, and work is expected to resume next week. The Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League) are scheduled to play their first game in the new park on April 13, 2017, after spending their inaugural season on the road because of construction delays and cost overruns. Read more here.
Eastern League Prez Issues Hartford Ultimatum
Eastern League President Joe McEachern on Thursday raised the possibility that the league will move its team from Hartford (CT) if Dunkin’ Donuts Park is not ready for the 2017 season. Read more here. Now, we have no doubt that affiliated minor league ball will be in Hartford (CT), even if it takes five years to finish Dunkin’ Donuts Park, but we get the need to drive the screws.
Dunkin’ Donuts Park Construction Could Resume Soon
Jonathan O’Neil Cole of Pendulum is ready to go back to work at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Cole, the stadium’s architect, is a key player in having construction begin again. Cole said it’s possible construction could resume in early September. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Lease & Contracts, Stadium Issues
Work to Complete Dunkin’ Donuts Park Could Resume this Week
The city of Hartford (CT) Tuesday said it has agreed to pay the architect for Dunkin’ Donuts Park more than $245,000 for work previously done on the minor league baseball stadium, clearing the way for the company to resume operations on the long-stalled project. Read more here.
Fired Ballpark Developer Sues Goats Too
The fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford (CT) are suing the owner of the team that is someday expected to play its home games there, alleging interference with contractual relationships and violation of state unfair trade practices. Read more here.
Dunkin’ Donuts Park Won’t Debut in 2016
It seems insane that a new ballpark that was so close to completion in May won’t open at all this season, but that is exactly how it will go down for Dunkin’ Donuts Park and the homeless Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A, Eastern League). Read more here and here.
Fired Hartford Ballpark Developers File Lawsuit to Get Job Back
DoNo Hartford and Centerplan Construction Co., the former developers of the stalled minor league ballpark downtown, are seeking a court injunction to reverse their termination. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, League & Franchise, Legal, Stadium Issues
Developer Fires Back at Mayor for Dismissing Offer to Finish Ballpark
The head of Centerplan Cos. on Wednesday said Mayor Luke Bronin‘s administration showed its “inexperience” when responding dismissively to his offer to finish the ballpark. Read more here.