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Yard Goats to finish out season on the road

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The Yard Goats during an away game earlier this season. (WFSB file photo) The Yard Goats during an away game earlier this season. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There will be no official home games for Hartford's minor league baseball team.

Yard Goats will finish out their inaugural season on the road.

The team made the announcement in a news release on Friday.

It said the reason was because its Dunkin' Donuts Park in the downtown north section of the city has not been completed.

Schedule changes were made from the end of July through the end of August.

The affiliate of the Colorado Rockies will be playing in New Hampshire, New York, Maryland and New Jersey.

"All of our homes games are on the road that's additional busing, additional hotel rooms," Yard Goats General Manager Tim Resttall said. "Obviously, we are not selling tickets, merchandise or concessions."

All season ticket holders will be allowed to attend the games at the reassigned venues.

The battle over stadium in Hartford continues. Earlier this month, former developers Centerplan Construction and DoNo Hartford LLC filed a motion for a temporary injunction against the city. A lawsuit was filed.

Centerplan and DoNo were hired to build the stadium. Both were fired by the city in June. The city claimed they ran out of money and fell behind on construction deadlines. Centerplan said the firing came as it was 95 percent done with the project.

Everyone is waiting for Arch Insurance. They are holding the bond and will decide how the stadium will be be finished and at what cost.

The city has spent money on fire and safety protection and soon they will have to start paying off the bond. The first payment could be close to $3 million, but Mayor Luke Bronin said he still feels this will all be resolved. 

"I don't think the Centerplan lawsuit has any merit," Bronin said. "I am not spending a lot of time worrying about that lawsuit. I want to work productively with Arch Insurance and get project done."

Here's a look inside the stadium.

Meanwhile, the Yard Goats have been forced to play their entire first season on the road. The first home game in Hartford was supposed to be in May.

The new schedule for the rest of the season is as follows:

vs Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH

  • July 28 @ 5:05 PM
  • July 29 @ 1:05 PM Doubleheader
  • July 30 @ 5:05 PM
  • July 31 @ 1:05 PM

vs Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY

  • August 5 @ 6:05 PM
  • August 6 @ 5:05 PM
  • August 7 @ 1:05 PM

vs Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD

  • August 16 @ 6:35 PM
  • August 17 @ 1:05 PM Doubleheader
  • August 18 @ 6:35 PM                  

vs Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ

  • August 19 @ 5:00 PM
  • August 20 @ 1:00 PM
  • August 21 @ 1:00 PM

vs Harrisburg Senators at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH

  • August 25 @ 5:05 PM
  • August 26 @ 1:05 PM Doubleheader
  • August 27 @ 1:05 PM
  • August 28 Day off

The team said they are still hopeful baseball will be played in Hartford next year.

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