Hartford transparency: We’re telling you we’re going to build a baseball stadium

It’s amusing. In some warped, political way of thinking, being “fully transparent” and “involving the community” concerning bringing the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford equals telling the community opening day at the new stadium will be April 7, 2016.

From The Hartford Courant.

Residents on Monday criticized city leaders for what they called a lack of transparency. Segarra said last week that Hartford had been in talks with the Rock Cats for a year and a half. Word about the project only became public last week. …

Segarra responded through his spokeswoman Monday night: “We have understood from the beginning that this project would require public discussion, participation and dialogue. Just like tonight, there will be many opportunities to learn more about how this revitalization will be an asset to the community for years to come.

In other words, the communities opinion does not matter one bit. They could care less. Trust them, the politicians in Hartford have this covered. They know what’s best. Even though it seems a significant number of people who spoke were against Hartford funding a 9,000 seat stadium with $60 million in bonds, they were ignored. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of future meetings for you to attend and find out how good this will be for you!

Kind of reminds me of the new gun control laws passed in Connecticut. Nine out of 10 people spoke against additional regulation. Nine out of 10 people sent in their comments against additional regulation. We were ignored and dismissed. Don’t be surprised if the Hartford City Council starts calling you “closed minded” for not understanding why this is worth while to the city. (We were referred to as “nuts.”)

Well Hartford residents, how does it feel to be ignored by politicians?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. scheidel21 on June 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I don’t know it might end up being a no go if public opinion is strong enough against it.

  2. bien-pensant on June 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    This smells like a done deal. Hartford is going to steal the team from New Britain. The politicians are going to spend other people’s money with wild abandon. $60 million? Hah, LOL.

    Once this thing gets going, the price tag will just soar. $100 million? Do remember, this is the city that can’t fix the streets or perform snow removal, not to mention continuing and growing crime.

    What a slap in the face this is to New Britain! Will it be named the Malloy Stadium?

    I wonder who is going to get the parking concessions?

  3. Plainvillian on June 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    The Magic Bus will speed legions of fans from the evil suburbs to the beauty of Hartford. What could possibly go wrong?
    There will be no political price for the Hartford democrats to pay. Like the other liberal islands of paradise (Chicago, Detroit, New York, etc), being a Democrat is all it takes to be elected no matter the tax rates, what streets are like, or crime statistics show.

  4. stinkfoot on June 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

    All this after Hartford had to raise its mill rate to cover a deficit. As has already been stated- this is a done deal- stealing a team from New Britain and its Republican mayor.

  5. SeeingRed on June 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I like going to NB to watch games – I get down there 2x/year on average. Aside from the novelty of a ‘new stadium’, I would attend games in Htfd on a less frequent basis. It’s now a cheap night out – but that will soon change.

    From a finance side, no, Htfd can’t afford it and it should be #99 on a to-do list. But a guy without a verified birth certificate shouldn’t have been elected President, twice, either.


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