HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As the concrete goes down and the steel goes up on the new Yard Goats ball park, the Hartford Stadium Authority met this evening to slash about $4-million because of cost over runs. Shawn Wooden, President of the Hartford City Council says they will not go over the budget.
“When the Hartford city Council approved this we said the budget was $56 million… The headline here is we are not going to spend a penny more than 56 million or the team owner or the developers going to pay for it,” he said
The authority eliminated dozens of items in the stadium from some plumbing to the grandstand roof. This way tax payers won’t have to pay anymore than promised for the new stadium. Councilman Kyle Anderson is in agreement with the cuts.
“Most places don’t have roofs they are outside structures if you go to the rock cats Stadium right now it doesn’t have a roof,” said Kyle Anderson of the City Council.
While they are sticking to that $56 million budget they say tax dollars targeted for economic development were used to build the new ball park Councilman Anderson says there’s no better economic development that a ballpark downtown in Hartford because his people go back-and-forth and see the stadium grow they realize there is hope and opportunity.
Jared Joseph lives only a couple of blocks from the stadium, and hopes to land one of the new jobs the stadium will provide, “I’m kind of excited to be a resident of Hartford to know that we have something that we can actually cherish.”
The first game is set for April 7th.