Connecticut’s New Professional Soccer Team Gets Ready to Call Hartford Home
Hartford’s professional soccer team is making moves, and it couldn’t make us any more excited. Coming Spring 2019, the renovated Dillon Stadium will become home to Hartford Athletic, CT’s very own professional men’s soccer club.
With all the success surrounding the Yard Goats and Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Hartford area residents, students, professionals and fans alike have been waiting in anticipation for the addition of another professional sports team in Hartford. And in just a few short months that new team will be Hartford Athletic, a professional soccer franchise competing in the United Soccer League.
With the state’s ongoing success of the UConn’s men’s soccer team, and with dozens of U.S. national soccer matches hosted at Rentschler Field, there’s no denying that Hartford “has always been a soccer city”, as Hartford Athletic’s Coach Jimmy Nielsen claims in their newly released brand video.
“Everyone … and many others have been working for years to make this a reality… with so many working hand in hand to bring an important community asset, back to life. The new field will be ideal to maximize community use while being fit for pro soccer, football and other sports”, shared Hartford Athletic CEO and Chairman Bruce Mandell at the ground breaking ceremony in mid November.
As a stadium that used to host iconic bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Grateful Dead, developers and city officials are excited to bring this special type of vibrancy back into the stands.
Dillon Stadium hasn’t been the only new development that’s gone through a restoration in this area. In the recent years, the surrounding Charter Oak neighborhood has seen many new additions and redevelopments. Residential apartments like the Colt Gateway apartments, and the spacious Capewell Lofts down the street, have brought in many professionals, students, artists, and those in between. And with new additions popping up in the area like the Thomas Hooker Brewery, residents are finding a tight knit community in this historic district where they can work, live and play.