Dunkin' Donuts Park

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Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, CT, is the home of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Colorado Rockies' Double-A Northeast farm team. It was to host the 2021 Eastern League All-Star Game, but no All-Star games were played in the minors' first post-Coronavirus pandemic season.

Cost overruns and construction delays for their new ballpark had the Goats planning to play the first month of their initial season, 2016, on the road. The scheduled May 12th home opener was already almost five weeks after the first scheduled game. That target was also not met as further delays in construction forced the Goats to postpone their home opener a number of times. On July 22nd, they threw in the towel and announced they would not move into their new ballpark until the following season. Meantime, they played all their games on the road. On July 31st, the team notified the city of Hartford that if the stadium was not completed within six months, they would find another home city.

The EL scheduled Hartford to open 2017 away, but once home the success was quick and solid. After an April 11th college game rehearsal, the Goats' April 13th home debut sold out. A huge Dunkin' coffee cup salutes Goats home runs by ... steaming.

In 2018, "The Dunk" hosted the first Cape Cod League game ever played in Connecticut and became the first Nutmeg State professional baseball park to draw 400,000. It repeated both in 2019, selling out 51 dates - the last 29 consecutively. Its stated capacity is 6,850.

In 2019, DDP became the first peanut-free sports facility in the country to protect children who are allergic to peanuts. Other stadiums had special sections where those snacks were banned, but none had entirely banned them. Another traditional ballpark food, Cracker Jack, also fell victim to the ban, as it also contains peanuts.

The ballpark also hosts the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford on a limited basis.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Zlati Meyer: "You're out! Peanuts, Cracker Jack banned from minor league ballpark", USA Today, February 12, 2018. [1]

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