Unfinished Hartford Yard Goats stadium is even more unfinished than we thought

We now have photographic evidence of how far construction has yet to go at the Hartford Yard Goats‘ new Dunkin’ Donuts Park, thanks to one Baseballparks.com blogger Joe Mock, who poked around with his camera on Monday, and Yard Goats owner Josh Solomon, who led an NBC Connecticut reporter on a tour of the unfinished ballpark. And it ain’t pretty:

Hart7Hart6Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 9.07.07 AMScreen Shot 2016-06-02 at 9.07.11 AMThat looks pretty bad — stairwells without railings, missing outfield wall padding, bathrooms without ceiling tiles and in some cases toilets. But this, from the NBC Connecticut story, sounds even worse:

In the VIP area, the ceiling ends about a foot before the wall does heading into an outdoor area and there are sprinklers below installed light fixtures…

There are sections of seats that were supposed to be installed in the outfield that instead have had concrete poured over them.

I don’t even know what that means — they dumped a load of concrete on top of actual seats? or they poured solid concrete in areas that were supposed to have spaces left for seat installation? — but either way, it’s not good. If you have a chance to wager on the eventual home opening date for the Yard Goats, bet the over.

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9 comments on “Unfinished Hartford Yard Goats stadium is even more unfinished than we thought

  1. With a crew of ~400 people I don’t see how most of those things get done in a couple of weeks – installing ceiling tiles, railings, even the outfield padding doesn’t seem to me (admittedly with zero years of construction experience) to be something that should be all that difficult to accomplish.

    Some of the other items shouldn’t prevent them from getting a TOC and moving forward. My experience with fire marshals is they will give you a period of 30-60 days to remediate something like a sprinkler head that needs to be moved or replaced. That should be enough to get the team staff moved in and breaking the stadium in.

    1. Davr, large projects like this seem to work in waves. So, you’re right that any single of the items is probably 1-2 days. But the large amount of masonry work and plumbing work means that other work is being held up, that first requires the masonry wave or the plumbing wave to be completed. That’s part of what keeps 400 highly skilled profession works-people (who take Memorial Day off) from finishing in a single day.

      The other part of it is the old saying that 9 women can’t combine to have a baby in a month. Eventually you end up with too many plumbers working in a single spot, even if you have 100 licensed plumbers available.

      The interesting thing in all of the photos is how little works-peoples are visible in the photos. There are some but it doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to 100s and it’s still daylight in the photos. It looks from the photos as if someone is trying to keep labor costs down.

      By the way, the workmanship in the visitors dugout finishing looks poor to me. But maybe someone with more experience could weigh in.


      1. I agree there, some of the items are probably critical path to the rest being finished. Especially regarding ceiling tiles if they need access for HVAC or plumbing or whatever. But either way just the fact that the tiles aren’t installed to me seems like a small point as those can be done very quickly when the time comes.

        As far as the people visible, I drive by the park every day and for the last few months even at ~5:30 am on my way to work and ~4:30 on my way home you could see signs of people working – lights on, people moving about, etc. Until a week or two ago when they missed the deadline and the number of worker bees visible from the street dropped considerably. Maybe thats a function of more work being moved inside versus outside but hard to say for sure.

  2. More details about what is remaining: http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-dunkin-donuts-park-report-html-20160601-htmlstory.html

  3. I’ve wondered if it would have been better just to give the money to the team and say “keep the change.”

  4. The ballpark itself may have a ways to go, but I see they wasted no time getting the advertising signage in place.

    1. To follow up…looks like something Mayor Quimby would have authorized. Complete with kickbacks.

  5. A complete disaster orchestrated by Josh Solomon and the former mayor of Hartford .
    This is how the corrupt political system works , with the taxpayers of Hartford and the taxpayers state of Connecticut paying the bill .
    I feel sorry for the newly elected mayor of Hartford that has to deal with this mess , who has more important issues to deal with .
    Don’t be surprised if the stadium does not open this season and the Colorado Rockies pull the plug on this deal .
    The team originally signed only a 2 year deal when they relocated to Connecticut .

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