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Public Argues Hartford Stadium Plans

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Members of the public at a Hartford City Council meeting that included a $60-million baseball stadium proposal. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Members of the public at a Hartford City Council meeting that included a $60-million baseball stadium proposal. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

(CBS Connecticut) – A $60-million plan to build a minor league baseball stadium in Hartford was on the city council’s agenda for the first time earlier tonight. The council chamber was full of people on both sides of the issue.

The council sent the issue to the planning and zoning commission, the council planning and economic development committee, and the council budget committee.  A public hearing is scheduled for July 21.

Opponents said stadiums rob their host cities and return little or no economic development.  They argued that the money could be better spent on other things, like education, roads, or the arts.

But supporters of the stadium say there is a high level of interest in baseball in Hartford. They claim the stadium will help to join downtown with the north end.

They say the project is about more than just building a stadium.  They say it is about building up the city.

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