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Deal complete: Insurance company takes over Yard Goats ball park construction

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An insurance company has officially taken over the construction of Hartford's incomplete baseball stadium.

An agreement between the city and Arch Insurance was signed on Tuesday.

"I am pleased to let everyone know that [Mayor Luke Bronin] and I, on behalf of the city and the Hartford Stadium Authority, respectively, executed a final 'takeover agreement' with Arch Insurance providing for the surety's completion of Dunkin' Donuts Park," said Sean Fitzpatrick, director, Hartford Developmental Services. "We will have opportunities in the days to come to discuss the agreement in detail and answer any questions."

Work recently resumed on the park following legal disputes between the former developers, Centerplan and DoNo Hartford LLC, and the city.

Hartford fired the developers for repeatedly missing construction completion deadlines, the first of which was last spring.

Centerplan blamed continuous changes by the city to the stadium's construction. Centerplan is currently suing the city.

The park was supposed to be completed in time for the Hartford Yard Goats first home game in April.

Instead, the team was forced to play its inaugural season on the road.

City officials promised that the first pitch will be thrown in Hartford on April 13, 2017. Whiting Turner, a Baltimore-based company, is expected to get the stadium ready for opening day.

"You have a nationally recognized company committed to getting the stadium done. A company that has built stadiums before--- it's the best outcome we could have hoped for," said Mayor Luke Bronin.

The manager of the team said on Tuesday "we are thrilled to hear today’s news that construction at Dunkin’ Donuts Park has resumed. We look forward to Yard Goats’ season ticket holders, corporate partners and fans experiencing the best ballpark in minor league baseball this April.”

That cost of the stadium ballooned to $20 million more than the expected $65 million.

Read the complete agreement with Arch Insurance here.

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