Thursday was a new day for sports in Connecticut, as the state now has its own professional soccer team.
The team will be based in New Britain, which is a city that had zero professional teams one year ago, and now they have two.
“It sounds like a good idea, I would support the team too,” said Alexis Santana of New Britain.
The games will be played at Veterans Memorial Stadium, and the team will be holding tryouts this weekend and say the majority of the roster will come from local walk-ons.
“This is going to be a year round thing where, even in the offseason, we'll be training. They'll be doing what you'd be doing at the highest level,” said Daniel Hoskins, Connecticut United General Manager.
“This is the equivalent of a AA baseball team, so you're looking at what you have next door with the New Britain Bees and professional baseball, you're having the same kind of quality of professional soccer being played right next door,” New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said.
The city is quickly morphing into the state’s sports hub, and the two stadiums are at the center of it.
The United’s season starts on April 2, around the same time the New Britain Bees will be walking up to bat.
“Now that it's more local, it'll spark an interest,” said Yahaira Millan, of New Britain.
Even families from other towns said they would give the Hardware City a second look.
“I think it would be wonderful for the children to have the events to go to that would be affordable,” said Romely Lang of West Hartford.
The tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for children.
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