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Hartford Council Approves $10M Upgrade to Soccer Field, Paid for By State Taxpayers

April 10, 2018 By Staff
Hartford Council Approves $10M Upgrade to Soccer Field, Paid for By State Taxpayers

State taxpayers will foot the bill for $10 million in upgrades and renovations to Hartford's Dillon Stadium, in the hopes of attracting a semi-professional team.

On Monday night, the Hartford City Council approved renovations to the city’s soccer field, Dillon Stadium, paid for by state taxpayers.

NBC Connecticut reported:

The plan calls for renovating Dillon Stadium for a cost of around $10 million. As it’s presented, the state would pay for these renovations. In February, the funding was approved by the State Bond Commission which drew upon funds authorized by the General Assembly for neighborhood investment. If everything goes as planned, a renovated Dillon Stadium could have a United Soccer League, or USL, team by next April.

The USL is not even the top professional soccer league in America. Teams in the USL had average attendances in 2017 ranging from the low thousands per game for some teams to up to 21,000 per game for the top team, FC Cincinnati. Meanwhile, the average attendance for Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in America, averaged more than that (22,000 per game).

Reclaim Connecticut discussed the state bond commission’s funding approval for Dillon Stadium in February. We pointed out that at the same time as Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) was fighting for $10 million for Dillon Stadium, his administration planned to deny towns $30 million for road repairs.