HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The City of Hartford made a major play for the New Britain Rock Cats. A deal has been cut to bring the minor league franchise to the Capital City.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said the new 9,000 seat Rock Cats stadium will create economic opportunity for the city.
“This team transfer is intended to prevent the Rock Cats from leaving the state of Connecticut,” Mayor Segarra said. The city became aware the team was looking for a new venue about a year and a half ago, the mayor said.
The new stadium will be located at 1214 Main Street.
“This is an area that has been not developed for some time,” said Segarra.
The construction of the $60 million stadium is expected to be completed by April 1, 2016, for a grand opening of April 7th.
“Over 600 full time jobs that will be created as a result of the activities associated with relocation and the construction of the ballpark,” said Segarra.
It will also bring revenue to retail, restaurants and the business district. He also hopes it will reconnect the city with North Hartford.
The stadium will be built using local resources.
Segarra also explained how Hartford has a tradition of baseball in the city, including the National League Hartford Dark Blues, who played in 1876.