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Rock Cats planning to move to Hartford to play in new $60 million stadium

A drawing of the proposed stadium for the Rock Cats in Hartford. (Courtesy City of Hartford)

A drawing of the proposed stadium for the Rock Cats in Hartford. (Courtesy City of Hartford)

HARTFORD – The New Britain Rock Cats are certainly the talk of the town now. Quietly negotiating with the city of Hartford for 17 months, the Rock Cats and the city announced plans Wednesday to build a new $60 million stadium in Hartford.

The Rock Cats, the Double AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, would leave New Britain to play in Hartford beginning in April 2016. The Rock Cats have been playing baseball in Connecticut since 1973 and have been in New Britain since 1983.

The move caught many people by surprise including New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.  “We explored our opportunities and the ability to bring baseball to the capital city was a tremendous opportunity that we couldn’t pass on,” Josh Solomon, managing partner of the Rock Cats, said on the steps of Hartford City Hall Wednesday afternoon.

The Rock Cats have been playing at New Britain Stadium since 1996. The state paid $10 million to build that stadium when the Rock Cats were flirting with moving to Springfield, Mass.

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Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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