Dillon Stadium Won't Be Ready for Opening Day

Dillon Stadium will not be ready for Hartford Athletic’s May 4th home opener.

Dillon Stadium will not be ready for Hartford Athletic’s May 4th home opener.

Hartford Athletic finally publicly announced Dillon Stadium would not open until mid-June, at the earliest. The full Hartford Business Journal report can be found here.

Bruce Mandell’s March 11th announcement comes despite CRDA and Hartford Athletic knowing about the delay since at least January 10th, as acknowledged in CRDA’s meeting minutes.

CRDA and Hartford Athletic’s convenient omission — and deliberate decision to mislead the public and their future fans — was likely to avoid an undesirable interruption in Hartford Athletic’s ticket and sponsorship sales activity.

Hartford Athletic continued selling tickets to games at Dillon Stadium knowing they would be played at Rentschler Field; a classic bait-and-switch tactic.

 
CRDA’s January 10, 2019 meeting minutes.

CRDA’s January 10, 2019 meeting minutes.

 

Even further, the announcement to play at Rentschler Field comes despite no agreement to play at Rentschler Field.

 
Correspondence with CRDA’s Deputy Director Anthony Lazzaro.

Correspondence with CRDA’s Deputy Director Anthony Lazzaro.

 

CRDA provided Hartford Athletic with rental rates for Rentschler Field as far back as June 7, 2018.

Now we wait to learn if Hartford Athletic will receive any more taxpayer funded discounts from CRDA…

 
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