Dunkin’ Donuts Park, in its maiden season as home of the Hartford Yard Goats, has been named the Best Double-A Ballpark in America, per a recent poll conducted by Ballpark Digest. The online poll—which began May 30th before concluding on June 20th—achieved participation by 178,000 fans, with each of the 30 Double-A ballparks in the nation considered. Dunkin’ Donuts Park faced fierce competition (with Pennsylvania club Altoona Curve coming in second) and is a testament to the draw of the Yard Goats’ new home. The park has already sold out 15 times this season, including 11 of the last 17 games.The park’s design emphasizes socialization as a critical part of the game experience, with a multitude of concession options on offer, as well as amenities including the Travelers Fun Zone. This endeavor clearly has resonated with visitors to Dunkin’ Donuts Park, and their rapid incorporation of the park into the center of Hartford’s entertainment scene indicates the beginning of an exciting new period in Downtown North. The stadium’s function as another downtown entertainment option further provides employees with greater opportunity to meet, mingle and network in this evolving 18-hour city.
The ramifications of a revitalization of this section of the city are substantive and positive: increased vibrancy and available amenities in the area will be a boon for businesses as Hartford’s CBD expands northwards, furthering a collective optimism regarding the city’s future.