Hartford Stadium Authority to Discuss Possible Action Against Developer

The Hartford Stadium Authority is holding a special meeting this afternoon, just days after the developer missed the construction deadline for the new baseball stadium being built in downtown Hartford. 

The agenda for this afternoon’s meeting includes a report on the status of stadium construction, an executive session with legal counsel to discuss claims and remedies related to the developer’s failure to meet substantial completion by the agreed upon date of May 17, then a discussion and possible action connected to it. 

According to an agreement reached on Jan. 19, Centerplan owes the city of Hartford $50,000 for the first late day and $15,000 for each day thereafter. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said on Wednesday that it is "quite likely" that the city would seek those "liquidated damages." 

The budget for the ballpark was initially set at $56 million, but it is now closer to $63 million because of cost overruns and $5.5 million of it is the city's responsibility. 

The construction delays have forced the Yard Goats to play at another stadium and their home games have been at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Connecticut Tigers. 

On Wednesday, Hartford Stadium Authority Chairman I. Charles Mathews said that the team might not play in Hartford until July. 

The next day, a new Yard Goats schedule was released and it has the team playing in Norwich until the beginning of June. A three-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils in mid-June that was originally scheduled for home will now be an away series in Pennsylvania. 

Jason Rudnick, manager of DoNo Hartford LLC, a company developed by stadium developer Centerplan, said earlier this week that the stadium is 95 to 97 percent done and he sees baseball being played at the stadium this season.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the City Council chambers of Hartford City Hall.

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