I chose to avoid the insanity of the Hartford Yard Goats’ first game at Dunkin’ Donuts (DD) Park in Hartford and instead went to the stadium’s “soft-opening” two days earlier between Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford (UHa).
The game drew very well, about 2,000 announced, with many UHa students and people like me wanting to see the stadium.
Per my stadium review, I found DD Park to be quirky, to be frank. Most notably, there’s a net that covers the entire first deck of right field, with balls hitting the net still being in play.
The stadium is nice, but it should be for $71 million, $15 million more than originally budgeted. But it clearly will distinguish between the “haves” and “have nots.” If you have access to corporate suites, which which make up a significant portion of the stadium, you’ll love it. Otherwise, make sure you don’t sit behind the net in the right field lower deck.
The game itself was a long affair, compounded by a 20-minute delay in the top of the 8th inning because the lights were set on a timer to automatically turn off, hence the “soft-opening.”
UHa eventually won 6-4. I was able to get the official lineup card for both teams after the game, as well as a foul ball that flew out of the stadium. UHa’s lineup card was the first we’ve gotten from an America East team, and it’s cool to have lineup cards and a ball from the first-ever game at DD Park.
2017: 5 lineup cards (0 dugout/bullpen; 5 “official batting order”)
Lifetime: 126 lineup cards (87 dugout/bullpen; 37 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)