Yard Goats stadium work set to restart, we may have to find someone new to laugh at now

Everyone rejoice! The city of Hartford and their insurer have agreed to a plan to finish construction on the Hartford Yard Goats‘ stadium by next spring, meaning there will still be a Hartford Yard Goats next spring:

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said the city had reached an agreement in principle with Arch Insurance to have the bonding surety company take over construction of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and pay for the cost – a plan that would have the Hartford Yard Goats play their first-ever home game on April 13, 2017.

Now all that remains to be determined is who’ll actually do the construction work: Arch could still rehire Centerplan, which botched the initial construction deadline, though city officials would rather not see them back. Presumably everyone involved can figure out how to finish off a mostly built stadium over the course of the next seven months, though with the Yard Goats, you can never say never.

If there’s a silver lining at all, it’s that Arch will have to foot the bill for any additional costs, so Hartford taxpayers are just on the hook for $63 million in cash plus free land for the project. In exchange, they’ll get all the excitement of Double-A baseball, plus getting to be the laughingstock of the sports world for a year. And who can put a price on that?


5 comments on “Yard Goats stadium work set to restart, we may have to find someone new to laugh at now

  1. Assuming the Yard Goats do actually play a game in the stadium, I cannot help but wonder how long the team will stay in Hartford. Minor league franchises can be incredibly “rootless” and, running the metaphor into the ground, so to speak, are always looking for greener pastures.

  2. Are you sure of that level of commitment? I’d expect Arch to complete under a reservation of rights. By “take over” I suspect the Mayor meant a Takeover Agreement in which the surety does complete the work and then the parties later argue or litigate who should bear the cost.

      • Not in proper context. The surety may well pay another contractor to complete the work, but do so under a full reservation of rights — not uncommon in the surety world. Then following completion there will be litigation to determine who finally bears the cost. See if you can get a copy of the agreement between the City and Arch, that will tell us what we need to know. I suspect it’s a Takeover Agreement that preserves the rights of all parties, including the developer, who claims it was wrongfully terminated.

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