Hartford spending $6,200 a day to make sure Yard Goats’ unfinished stadium doesn’t burn down

Yesterday, it was the Atlanta Braves‘ new stadium making a bid for “biggest train wreck ever” with the revelation that Cobb County has granted the team a monopoly on all paid parking within a half-mile radius. Today, it’s the Hartford Yard Goats, whose unfinished stadium is costing the city $6,200 in fire department overtime because it doesn’t have a working sprinkler system and has to be kept on round-the-clock fire watch:

The detail, which has been stationed to the stadium since Friday, costs the fire department about $6,200 a day — and $37,200 so far — from its overtime budget.

Hartford fire Chief Reginald Freeman said that the cost is expected to be passed on to Arch Insurance, the bond surety company that is in charge of completing work on the 6,000-seat stadium north of downtown. However, city officials acknowledged that Arch has not committed to covering the cost…

Arch is conducting an investigation into the claim and then will determine the path to completing the stadium. No timetable has been given for completion.

If the investigation determines that the city was at fault for cost overruns and construction delays at the ballpark, Arch could decide the cost of the fire watch should be shouldered by the city.

You see the obvious solution to everyone’s problems here, right? Right? I mean, right?

The Yard Goats’ eternal road trip is now scheduled to continue at least through July 20, at which point the entire state of Connecticut will be swallowed by a passing black hole.

8 comments on “Hartford spending $6,200 a day to make sure Yard Goats’ unfinished stadium doesn’t burn down

  1. See 1992 Royal Typewriter Factory fire: http://articles.courant.com/1992-11-12/news/0000109976_1_small-fire-fire-insurance-demolition.

  2. This proves that the stadium advocates were right all along. This facility hasn’t even opened yet and already it has had a tremendous economic impact.

  3. The good news is that “Hartford” has six All Stars in the Eastern League All Star Game (yes, it is a thing). So this might be the greatest proving ground for minor league ballplayers ever!

  4. Arch Insurance, as with almost all insurance companies, has no incentive to say, “you’re right, it’s our insured’s fault”. Really they have a lot of incentive to either deny the claim or make a low-ball offer. Three things can then happen, 1) Hartford accepts (Arch just saved money); 2) They negotiate (Arch doesn’t have to pay-out right away); or 3) Hartford goes to court (Arch is probably already paying attorneys and again they don’t have to pay-out right away). So, in the end, there is no downside for an insurance company to low-ball or deny a claim on the first round.

    In each of the above outcomes, the City of Hartford has to keep paying for the ballpark insurance and, if they want the ballpark finished now, the City of Hartford ends up paying and hoping they get the money back later if they decide to litigate.

    However, the City of Hartford is laying off people, cutting services and asking the city unions for concessions,

    That leads me to believe that self-funding the completion of the white elephant stadium isn’t going to be high on the budget list. How long before Dunkin’ Donuts stops paying (if they already have started to make payments)? Can the City of Hartford put any possible insurance pay-out into the general fund, to keep another lay-off from happening, instead of finishing the ballpark?

    I’m sure the Eastern League has already made alternate plans for the remaining 2016 home games. But, maybe someone should start thinking about where the non-Hartford Yard Goats are playing in 2017, if someone decides to litigate. Unless Arch Insurance is one of the few insurance companies that actually wants to help come to a “fair deal”, it could take a long time before there is actual money to finish Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium.


    • probably wont’ happen but…

      I’d love for them to go crawling back to New Britain and for NB to say sure, but you have to sign a 10 year lease.

  5. A disaster from the beginning. Hartfords mayor and Ct’s governor performed a sneak attack on New Britains mayor (New Britain now has had a playing ball team since opening day), and the taxpayers are going to pay for it! As a former Rock Cats fan, I and many others will never go to the Hartford field if it ever does open. The Hartford ball park will turn out to be the next big Hartford eyesore. Our politicians in the state can get nothing right.