July 9, 2018

Hartford's pro-soccer aims advance

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A rendering of a revitalized Dillon Stadium hosting a nighttime soccer match in Hartford's South End.

The Hartford promoters bringing pro soccer to the city's historic Colt Park plan a midweek update regarding their efforts to begin play in 2019.

Hartford Sports Group, which won the bid to negotiate a Dillon Stadium lease with the city, has scheduled a 10:45 a.m. Wednesday announcement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford headquarters, 170 Sigourney St., in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood.

Present will be HSG President Bruce Mandell, Jake Edwards, president of the United Soccer League; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford CEO Sam Gray.

In May, HSG put out a public call and set up a website -- USL2Hartford.com -- to collect potential names for the Hartford soccer club.

The USL also is likely to formally declare the Hartford club eligible for 2019 season play.

As previously reported, City Council has approved HSG's lease and a publicly funded rehabilitation of aging Dillon into a venue with an all-purpose artificial turf to accommodate pro soccer and other community activities and events. Dillon's makeover is part of an overall plan to revitalize the nearby historic Colt Park.

The State Bond Commission approved $10 million in bonding to fund Dillon's makeover. It seats about 6,000.

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