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FBI looks into Dillon Stadium deal in Hartford

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A rendering of the new Dillon Stadium in Hartford. (WFSB photo) A rendering of the new Dillon Stadium in Hartford. (WFSB photo)

More problems have come up for the already plagued Dillon Stadium in Hartford.

Federal investigators have served a subpoena and are convening a grand jury to look into what went wrong with the contract to redevelop the stadium.

The city may be out close to $1 million, and a key player in the deal has a criminal record for embezzlement.

City Councilor Ken Kennedy pushed for the stadium, and said the deal was being negotiated by the city’s Development Director Thomas Deller, who has since resigned over the deal.

"Obviously they weren't vetted properly, that’s kind of an obvious fact at this point --- they should have been and it didn't happen,”

There were a number of players, like Premier Sports which was going to manage the stadium, and the Black Diamond Consulting Group whose CEO James Duckett has a criminal record.

Federal subpoenas for all documents on Dillon Stadium have been served at city hall.

Kennedy said the city gave the developers $2 million.

While the investigation plays out, people in Hartford said it is a shame.

"They were determined to ram it right through and they really paid no heed to anyone's concerns,” said Anne Goshdigian, of Hartford, who said she has fond memories of the stadium. "The tradition was on Thanksgiving Day, Hartford Public versus Weaver. That went on for probably 80 years."

Some city councilors said they didn’t get a lot of information on the deal.

The city must now respond to the subpoena and report to federal court in New Haven on Nov. 17.

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