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.