Visit Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats – MLB.com

Welcome to Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut. With unique dimensions and a lively atmosphere from night to night, the park is home to the Hartford Yard Goats, who have been a Minor League phenom since they came on the scene in 2016.

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Welcome to Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut. With unique dimensions and a lively atmosphere from night to night, the park is home to the Hartford Yard Goats, who have been a Minor League phenom since they came on the scene in 2016.

Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies since 2016)
Established: 2016 (in the Double-A Eastern League)
Ballpark: Dunkin’ Donuts Park (opened 2017)
League: Double-A Northeast, Northeast Division
Notable Alumni: Kyle Freeland, Ryan McMahon, Germán Márquez, Tyler Matzek
Championships: None

Connecticut’s capital city is one of the historically important economic centers of the Northeast and one of the birthplaces of professional baseball. Yet from 1952-2015, it went without a Minor League Baseball team. Now it has one of the Minors’ most widely known ones.

Hartford was home to the Hartford Dark Blues in the National Association (later the National League) from 1874-77, joining the first professional league during its fourth season and kicking off over 75 years of nearly uninterrupted pro ball in the city. From 1874-1952, Hartford hosted teams known as the Babies, Bluebirds, Cooperatives, Indians, Wooden Nutmegs, Senators, Laurels, Bees and Chiefs in various leagues and levels. The Laurels, Bees and Chiefs called the Eastern League home from 1938-52, but when the Chiefs decamped to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for the 1953 season, Hartford was left without a pro team for 65 years. Nearby cities — New Britain, New Haven, Norwich, Waterbury and West Haven — hosted teams in the interim, but Hartford didn’t have one to call its own.

That changed in 2016. The New Britain Rock Cats moved to Hartford – at least in name. The new-look Hartford Yard Goats actually spent that entire season on the road as their ballpark ran into construction delays, but by 2017, they had opened one of the Minor Leagues’ modern gems. As a Colorado Rockies affiliate, the Yard Goats helped develop key contributors to their parent club’s playoff teams in 2017-18, though the Goats themselves have yet to reach the postseason.

Dunkin’ Donuts Park

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1214 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 246-4628

Capacity: 6,121 seats
Dimensions: Left field, 325 feet; Center field, 400 feet; Right field, 308 feet

Fans had to wait a while longer than planned to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts Park, but based on the facility’s short history, it’s been more than worth it. Since the delays and controversies that pushed the stadium’s opening date back a full season after originally envisioned, Dunkin’ Donuts Park has captured a pile of awards, including becoming the first three-time winner of _Ballpark Digest_’s honor as the best Double-A ballpark in the country.

Dunkin’ Donuts Park is perched just north of downtown Hartford and within walking distance to tons of options for food, drink, lodging and entertainment. With clear and intimate sightlines throughout plus a wealth of unique in-park seating and concessions options, Hartford’s park is one of the must-visit destinations in the Minor Leagues. The Yard Goats led the Eastern League in attendance in the two seasons before the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 campaign, then returned to lead Double-A Northeast teams in attendance in 2021.

Upon entrance, fans are greeted by the Yard Goats’ starting lineup in oversized baseball card form on the wall beyond the main gates down the right-field line. Spacious concourses …….

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