Yard Goats to Play Rest of Regular Season on the Road

The Hartford Yard Goats will play the rest of the regular season on the road because the stadium is Hartford is not complete.

The team has announced schedule changes from July 28 through Aug. 28 and they will be playing in Manchester, New Hampshire; Binghamton, New York; Bowie, Maryland; and Trenton, New Jersey.

A news release from the team says Yard Goats season ticket holders will be allowed to attend all of the games in New Hampshire, Binghamton, Bowie and Trenton with complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Yard Goats. All other ticket sales will be handled by the host club.

Tim Restall, the Yard Goats general manager, said playing the remaining 19 games on the road means extra costs for the team. 

"That's additional busing, hotel rooms and obviously, we're not selling any additional merchandise or concessions here, so obviously it's affecting us financially," Restall told NBC Connecticut. 

Restall said the completion of the park also promised more than 200 jobs for the city, but these positions will be frozen until next year. 

"What we'll do is, as we get closer to next year, we'll reach out and start having those converstaions (about emloyment) again," Restall said.

Centerplan, the developer hired to build Dunkin' Donuts stadium, started construction on the stadium in February 2015 with a set completion date of mid-March. After delays came to light in December 2015, a new date of May 17 was set in January, but Centerplan did not meet that date and the city has since invoked the $46 million insurance policy on the project and fired the developer.

Centerplan has also filed a complaint, looking for an injunction against the city, claiming it didn’t use the proper dispute resolution channels laid out in their joint agreement before the city fired them.

"That lawsuit I think is Centerplan’s attempt to distract from the fact that they couldn’t deliver on their obligations to the city and we’re going to stay focused on our responsibility which is getting that insurance company to fulfill its obligations to the city of Hartford," the city's mayor, Luke Bronin, said.

The Yard Goats, which are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have played all of the games that were scheduled for home this season on the road.

This is the new schedule:

Yard Goat vs. Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire:

  • July 28 at 5:05 p.m.
  • July 29 at 1:05 p.m. -- doubleheader
  • July 30 at 5:05 p.m.
  • July 31 at 1:05 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York:

  • Aug. 5 at 6:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 6 at 5:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 7 at 1:05 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland:

  • Aug. 16 at 6:35 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 at 1:05 p.m. - doubleheader
  • Aug. 18 at 6:35 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey:

  • Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.

Yard Goats vs. Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire:

  • Aug. 25 at 5:05 p.m.
  • Aug. 26 at 1:05 p.m. - doubleheader
  • Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m.
  • August 28 is a day off

The schedule on the Yard Goats' Website has the team on the road for the final games of the season, first with a series in Richmond, then in Harrisburg.

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