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5:04 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid

A rendering of a proposed Rock Cats stadium in Hartford.
A rendering of a proposed Rock Cats stadium in Hartford.
Credit City of Hartford

There's a lot of work yet to be done before a minor league baseball stadium in the state's capital city becomes a reality. For starters, it has to be approved by the Hartford city council, and that won't likely happen until later this summer.

Mayor Pedro Segarra, however, isn’t waiting around for the city council to act.

The city has officially gone out to bid to find an owner’s representative and an architectural and engineering firm.

Segarra's team issued two formal requests for proposals and qualifications last week. There’s some interesting reading. For instance, it looks as though Brailsford & Dunlavey isn’t the only consultant to have been hired since this process began. More on that soon.

I asked Maribel La Luz, Segarra’s spokeswoman, whether the mayor was jumping the gun, or just being prudent.

“It’s important for us to have a team of professionals in place who are ready to go and to be able to answer questions from Council and other stakeholders on how the project would be executed,” La Luz said.

Segarra has promised that there will be minor league baseball played in Hartford come April 2016.