Hartford Mayor to make ‘major sports announcement’

UPDATE: Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has scheduled a noon news conference to discuss “a major sports announcement”. News 8 will be there.

But in a message on Twitter, the mayor of New Britain appears ready to fight to keep the team.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)–The rumors are swirling. The Rock Cats might be checking out of New Britain stadium and into a new home in Hartford.

The mayor of new Britain on Tuesday said there no truth to them.

“Every time I hear the rumor, I always call the general manager just to double check, just to get him on the phone and say, ‘Is there any truth to this?’ And they always say no, this is all rumor,” Stewart said.

But after a private city council meeting at Hartford City Hall on Tuesday, a source told News 8 that there is a deal on the table and that the Rock Cats will definitely be coming to Hartford. The Hartford mayor’s staff wouldn’t confirm this information, saying they are still in negotiations.

“I wouldn’t want to drive to Hartford every night to watch the games,” fan and Plainville resident Peter Omano said. “It’s convenient for us.”

Most fans we spoke to frown at the idea of the team leaving New Britain, and a convenience store nearby says it would hurt their business.

But some fans say it’s not such a bad idea, but it all depends on where in Hartford the new stadium would be.

“Where are they going to put it at and where they are going to break it down too,” said Nelson Hernandez, a Hartford resident.

Sources told News 8 the stadium could be located on the outskirts of Hartford’s downtown area. But with neither the Rock Cats management nor the city of Hartford confirming, the team will continue to stay in New Britain Stadium for now.

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