New Britain, Connecticut’s minor league baseball team plans to move 15 miles up the road to Hartford, where the city plans to build a $60 million stadium. At a news conference Wednesday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said the move will have a positive economic impact.
“That impact includes over 600 full-time jobs that will be created as a result of the activities associated with the relocation and construction of the ballpark,” says Segarra. “During the construction phase, we estimate there will be over 900 jobs that will be created.”
The deal calls for a 9,000 seat stadium to be ready in time for opening day in 2016. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart tweeted Wednesday that she intends to lead a fight to keep the Rock Cats in her city, which has had a minor league team since 1983.
The team’s lease at its New Britain stadium runs out in 2015, and a team official says the Rock Cats had been considering offers from both within and outside of Connecticut.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.