Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats has been honored with this year’s Ballpark Digest “Best of the Ballparks” award in the Double-A category. With more than 178,000 votes, baseball fans from coast to coast including Eastern, Southern and Texas League regions weighed in on a four-bracket-style contest to determine the 2017 winner. This is the first time a new facility has won a Best of the Ballparks vote.
The design team led by Kansas City, Mo.-based Pendulum, (www.pendulumkc.com) as ballpark Architect of Record included a powerhouse of recognized Connecticut-based talent. BVH (www.bvhis.com) provided mechanical & electrical design services, Newman Architects (www.newmanarchitects.com) designed the exterior façade, and The S/L/A/M Collaborative (www.slamcoll.com) provided architectural services in addition to serving as the Engineer of Record for the structural design of the project.
“Our team is honored to have been key collaborators with the Eastern League, the city of Hartford, and the Yard Goats to deliver what we believe will serve as a catalyst for growth and revitalization of the northern portion of downtown Hartford that was bisected by I-84. This has been an interesting exercise in urban planning that was always focused on bridging the I-84 barrier and creating opportunities for new development and civic energy,” said Jonathan Cole, a founding principal of Pendulum. “Beyond the execution of what we consider a solid forward-thinking ballpark design, the commitment shown by the Yard Goats to the city of Hartford and all baseball fans in the region is the foundation for why we believe you’ll continue to hear about Dunkin’ Donuts Park in the news as a fan favorite. Hats off to the owner of the team Josh Solomon and his appointed leadership in the front office, Tim Restall (General Manager) and Mike Abramson (Assistant General Manager). Despite adversity, they have continuously proven that they believe in Hartford.”