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Hartford Courant: Soccer at Colt Park is 16 months away !!!

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Only one week into the new year and big things continue to keep happening for Hartford, from the Whalers license plates at the DMV, to the new restaurant at the XL Center, and now it has been confirmed by the Courant that soccer at Dillon Stadium will be played starting in the Spring of 2019.

 

Hartford Courant: 

State and city leaders will move ahead with a plan to redevelop the badly aging Dillon Stadium, with a goal of gaining approval from government agencies by February and completing the facility by March 2019.

But this time, instead of allowing the soccer team’s owners to oversee construction efforts, the Capital Region Development Authority will manage the project. As much as $7 million in public **nds would be committed to the enterprise.

A new soccer team, backed by the United Soccer League, is expected to begin playing at the Colt Park stadium in spring 2019.

Mandell said tryouts for the new soccer team would take place in September or October, with the season beginning in March 2019. The first home game probably wouldn’t be played at Dillon until April, he said.

Hartford Sports Group will seek public feedback on a team name, Mandell said.

 

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The license plates that aren't available yet...the "restaurant" that's a Chick-Fil-A stand that doesn't have 90% of their regular menu...but hey, we're going to have minor league soccer in Hartford!!!!!

Pardon me while I yawn...

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16 hours ago, radcon said:

Nobody cares about soccer!! Still!!

yeah, nobody cares about soccer, it is only the most popular sport in the world...

 

 

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7 hours ago, WhalerCentral said:

yeah, nobody cares about soccer, it is only the most popular sport in the world...

 

 

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Thats the only thing you are right about, "In the World" , but not the USA!!!

Nobody in the USA cares about soccer!!

 

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1 hour ago, radcon said:

Nobody in the USA cares about soccer!!

 

Josh, the numbers don't lie.

Major League Soccer attendance

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Major League Soccer is the premier professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. Competition began in 1996, the 2016 seasonsaw an average 21,692 spectators between the 20 teams, the highest average attendance in league history. MLS has the third-highest average attendance among all professional sports leagues with teams in the United States, ranking behind the National Football League and Major League Baseball but ahead of the National Basketball *****ociation and National Hockey League. Among all North American professional sports leagues, MLS ranks fifth in average attendance per game behind the NFL and MLB as well as Liga MX and the Canadian Football League.

MLS attendance has grown since the early 2000s. The average attendance of 21,692 in 2016 was a 57% increase over the 13,756 average in 2000. The total attendance of 7,375,144 in 2016 is more than triple the 2,215,019 total of 2002.

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Frank, stop it.  You're making a jacka$$ out of yourself again.

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2 hours ago, WhalerCentral said:

Josh, the numbers don't lie.

Major League Soccer attendance

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Major League Soccer is the premier professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. Competition began in 1996, the 2016 seasonsaw an average 21,692 spectators between the 20 teams, the highest average attendance in league history. MLS has the third-highest average attendance among all professional sports leagues with teams in the United States, ranking behind the National Football League and Major League Baseball but ahead of the National Basketball *****ociation and National Hockey League. Among all North American professional sports leagues, MLS ranks fifth in average attendance per game behind the NFL and MLB as well as Liga MX and the Canadian Football League.

MLS attendance has grown since the early 2000s. The average attendance of 21,692 in 2016 was a 57% increase over the 13,756 average in 2000. The total attendance of 7,375,144 in 2016 is more than triple the 2,215,019 total of 2002.

Frenchy, Its like comparing apples to oranges with the size of the stadiums/arenas they play in!!

Soccer has never made it in Hartford in the past!!

 

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1 hour ago, radcon said:

 

Soccer has never made it in Hartford in the past!!

 

Well, soccer has definitely succeeding in East Hartford.

From the Hartford Courant:

U.S. men's national soccer team at Rentschler Field: 

U.S. 1, Ecuador 1 (Landon Donovan's last game) Oct. 10, 2014, 36,265 attendance;

U.S. 1, Costa Rica 0 (Gold Cup) July 16, 2013, 25,432;

Czech Republic 4, U.S. 2, May 25, 2010, 36,000;

U.S. 1, Latvia 0, May 30, 2006, 22,455;

U.S. 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0, Aug. 18, 2005, 25,488.

 

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Five games, over a 9 year period, means that soccer has "made it"????

Really???

Look, soccer is the most popular sport in the world, I'm not about to argue that...but it's far from it in this country, to throw attendance numbers around is a lame argument since all the MLS facilities are larger than the NBA/NHL arenas, and therefore SHOULD outdraw those leagues.

In truth, soccer is...oh...I'd say at the very least #7 in the US.  

NFL

MLB

NBA

NHL

College Football

NASCAR

Then...you get to soccer.

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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, soccer is the 3rd most watched and attended sport in America, and with the NFL popularity plummeting, soccer is gaining more ground and by the year 2050, soccer is on track to be the most watched sport in America.  Atlanta is already average 48,000 people a game for MLS soccer, Seattle is average 44,000 a game; Hartford is getting into the game just in time.  

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"soccer is the 3rd most watched and attended sport in America"

No it isn't.  It's...at best...6th.

NFL, MLB, College Football, NASCAR, and golf all draw more than soccer.  Nice try.

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Soccer is #3 and rising, Hartford is getting ready for this opportunity, the role of soccer in American sports is only going to grow in the next 25 years, baseball and football are fading, soccer is the sport of the world and will be embraced **lly by the United States in the coming decades.

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Again, it's #6.  Behind NFL, MLB, College Football, NASCAR, and Golf.

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On 1/8/2018 at 8:53 AM, WhalerCentral said:

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, soccer is the 3rd most watched and attended sport in America, and with the NFL popularity plummeting, soccer is gaining more ground and by the year 2050, soccer is on track to be the most watched sport in America.  Atlanta is already average 48,000 people a game for MLS soccer, Seattle is average 44,000 a game; Hartford is getting into the game just in time.  

Maybe in SOUTH and CENTRAL America!! But NOT North America!

Yup! I'd rather watch them good ol' boys racing round the track than soccer. Yuppers, I' fixin' to get me some Chik Filet too!!

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2018 is only a week old, and Hartford is already experiencing the most sports league success it has ever seen, from soccer to hockey and so on, big things are happening in Hartford.

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Frank, you're almost as bad now as when you were a WolfPack shrill.  Knock it off.

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