Dunkin' Donuts Park
Dunkin' Donuts Park, which opened in 2017, is a new – and very welcome – addition to Hartford’s Downtown North area, but it is more than just a new place to go hang out on a sunny summer evening. The stadium, and the Hartford Yard Goats minor league who call it home, represent the return of professional baseball to Hartford after a 65-year hiatus. Hartford’s baseball history actually dates back to the 19th century, and past ballfields and stadiums have played host to some of the greatest players the game has ever known, but the sport had been sadly absent since the Hartford Chiefs left town in 1952. Hartford’s last stadium was torn down in 1955, and it would be another six decades before construction began on a new one.
Backstory and Context
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Dillon, Kevin. Hartford Yard Goats preview: What to watch for at the team's home opener at Dunkin' Donuts Park. MassLive. April 13, 2017. Accessed June 10, 2018. https://www.masslive.com/sports/2017/04/hartford_yard_goats_preview_wh.html.
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