Hartford Yard Goats to Host ‘What If?' Night on Thursday and Play as the Hartford Whirly Birds

NBC CT is the sponsor of the evening's hat giveaway for the first 1,500 fans

What to Know

  • The Hartford Yard Goats will play as the "Whirly Birds" on June 28. The Whirly Birds was the runner-up name in the team naming contest.
  • The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Gates will open at 6 p.m.
  • The first 1,500 fans will receive Whirly Birds hats courtesy of NBC CT.

The Hartford Yard Goats will play as the Hartford Whirly Birds on Thursday, June 28.  The name was the runner-up in the team's original naming contest before moving from Hartford to New Britain in 2016.  It's all part of the "What If?" Night festivities.

The team will be giving away red Whirly Birds caps to the first 1,500 fans at Dunkin' Donuts Park for the game.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are in town for the 7:05 p.m. game.

Despite a rainy day forecasted, the weather is expected to clear around game time.  A rain delay to start the game is possible though, according to the NBC CT First Alert Weather team.


Last year, the Yard Goats played one night as the Praying Mantis during a "What If?" Night.

For information on purchasing tickets, click here and visit the team's website.

NBC CT is the proud media sponsor of the Hartford Yard Goats.

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