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Yard Goats to play in Norwich while awaiting stadium completion

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The Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team will finally play some home games in Connecticut, though not at their home stadium.

The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies and former New Britain Rock Cats team will play nine games at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

“This announcement by the Eastern League, which was expected due to the stadium construction delays, will give the Yard Goats Players and coaching staff the opportunity to get home from the 37 day road trip and get settled in Hartford as we prepare for opening day at Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” said Yard Goats general manager Tim Restall.

The team will host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Akron Rubber Ducks, the Cleveland Indians affiliate, and the Bowie BaySox, affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Latisha Douglas, of Hartford, said she thinks she will go see a game.

"My daughter had the honor of meeting the entire team at the CT Science Center a few weeks ago, so she's super excited and I'll take her to a few games," Douglas said.

Here's the schedule:

  • Thursday, May 12 vs New Hampshire, 6:05 PM
  • Friday, May 13 vs New Hampshire, 6:05 PM
  • Saturday, May 14 vs New Hampshire, 6:05 PM
  • Sunday, May 15 vs New Hampshire, 1:35 PM              
  • Monday, May 16 vs Akron, 6:05 PM                              
  • Tuesday, May 17 vs Akron, 6:05 PM
  • Wednesday, May 18 vs Akron, 12:35 PM
  • Monday, May 23 vs Bowie, 6:05 PM              
  • Tuesday, May 24 vs Bowie, 4:05 PM (DH)

Yard Goats season ticket holders will be able to attend the games with complimentary tickets. All other ticket sales will be handled by the Dodd Stadium box office.

Dodd Stadium is home to the Connecticut Tigers and their season starts in late June.

When those tickets become available, they can be purchased here as well.

After already pushing back a completion date in April, construction on the stadium in Hartford's downtown north neighborhood was supposed to be completed May 17 with the first game set for May 31.

Earlier this week, the Hartford Stadium Authority raised concerns that those goals wouldn't come to fruition.

The first 17 home games had been rescheduled to be played on the road regardless. However, spending the first two months of the season on the road took its toll on the players.

That's why officials said they sought out a Connecticut option.

In the meantime, construction crews are rushing to try and meet the May 31 deadline.

The Yard Goats are currently 19-6, which is good enough for the best record in the Eastern League.

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