HARTFORD, Conn. (AP & CBS Connecticut) — Hartford and its minor league baseball team are celebrating opening day at the city’s new 6,000-seat stadium, a year late and millions of dollars over budget.

Staff members are busy with last minute details, getting ready for the team’s first, ever home game tonight.  The team’s announcer Jeff Dooley says it’s an exciting time. “Dunkin’ Donuts Park looks terrific,” he said.  “I was here early this morning and had the chance to watch Kyle Calhoon, the terrific grounds crew leader, work on the field cutting the grass. The logos are down, [there’s] just some last minute things to make sure that we’re good for tonight.”

The Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are in their second year after moving 15 miles north from New Britain, where the team played through the 2015 season as the Rock Cats.

The team was forced to play its games on the road last year when construction delays caused the opening of Dunkin’ Donuts Park to be pushed back numerous times. The city eventually fired the developer, leading to an insurance investigation, litigation and more delays.

Thursday night’s first home game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats has been sold out for weeks.


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