NEW BRITAIN–Is this the end of an era in the Hardware City?
The New Britain Rock Cats may soon be no more, according to a story in the Hartford Courant on Monday.
The Courant reported that the Rock Cats are in talks with Hartford officials to move the team to the capital city in 2016.
City officials told the Courant that a proposal is on the table to build a stadium at Main and Trumbull streets–in an area known as “12B” just north of downtown Hartford. The minor league team would begin playing there in 2016.
Two Hartford city officials told the Courant that a tentative deal had been reached, but that it had not yet been finalized.
Rock Cats officials told News 8 that there is no plan to move the team, and that there have been no conversations with Hartford city officials on that front.
The Rock Cats’ lease with the city of New Britain ends at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
New Britain mayor Erin E. Stewart told the Courant that she didn’t believe the Rock Cats had plans to move.
“That’s news to me — and I have a very close relationship with the Rock Cats. This is a rumor that always flies around. It’s the third or fourth time I’ve heard it.”
“I always bring it up with the ownership,” Stewart said. “The Rock Cats’ owners “love it in New Britain. Our relationship has been so open, and so honest. I can’t see them going.”
Stewart then tweeted the following around 4:30 pm on Monday:
— Mayor Erin Stewart (@stewartfornb) June 2, 2014