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Officials say Hartford stadium will be ready by opening day

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It appears Hartford could be ready to play ball by opening day.

On Tuesday, city leaders were told Dunkin Donuts Park will be ready by April 13.

Arch Insurance, who took over the unfinished stadium, said they are determined to doing things right.

"Over the last year-and-a-half you've had people get up here and say things about this stadium that were ultimately not of my main goals today is to give you a complete picture of the stadium,” said Patrick Nails, of Arch Insurance.

"All elements of the facility necessary for holding a home opener on April 13 will be finished in time,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, director of Developmental Services.

Arch took over last October, after the city fired Centerplan, accusing them of poor work and missed deadlines.

The new architect said they've been working six days a week

"First and foremost, they've stopped the bleeding and the damage to the building as a result of being vacant,” said Michael Spinelli, stadium architect.

The Yard Goats have lost money and valuable time, and they are anxious to play ball.

"As we go into the new year we will start making some announcements and will prepare for opening day on April 13,” said Yard Goats Manager Tim Restall.

"These guys are saying they are going to have things done in time for opening day and they are a team that has the experience of actually delivering on their commitments,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

Arch was asked whether winter weather has been factored into their deadline, and they told the city yes.

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