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Old 02-16-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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I am quite familiar with the structure of the league and teams. The article makes it sound like they are talking about first teams not the U23 or U18 teams. As a soccer fan, I do hope the stadium is successful but the fact remains I don't think Dillon will ever host a first team English Premier League club. Also, if Hartford could draw an EPL team for a summer match, it would more likely be held at Rentschler Field where they can sell a ton of tickets.



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Are you aware that there are various levels of BPL players within the framework of their Clubs ? Are you familiar with terms such as Reserve Teams, Academy Teams , etc?
The stadium will be a tremendous boost for Hartford.

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Old 02-17-2019, 06:05 AM
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I am quite familiar with the structure of the league and teams. The article makes it sound like they are talking about first teams not the U23 or U18 teams. As a soccer fan, I do hope the stadium is successful but the fact remains I don't think Dillon will ever host a first team English Premier League club. Also, if Hartford could draw an EPL team for a summer match, it would more likely be held at Rentschler Field where they can sell a ton of tickets.
My perception of the article was that it was summarizing the possibilities, with more details to folllow. I would not expect a first team to play a USL team either.But their reserve teams are not U 18 or even U 23 , they have players older, coming back from injuries, on loan, etc. Their structure is very deep as I am sure you are aware.

The team will actually be starting their season at Rentschler as Dillon will not be done. That’s a good temporary use of the stadium that mostly sits idle, and has seen their main tenant , UCONN Football continues to have dwindling attendance. As a soccer fan, I am sure you are well aware of the strong soccer community in the State , and specifically in the Hartford area. THis is a good development project involving private money, with state and city support. It is family entertainment which should always be welcome.

I hope to see you at a match !
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:43 AM
 
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I am quite familiar with the structure of the league and teams. The article makes it sound like they are talking about first teams not the U23 or U18 teams. As a soccer fan, I do hope the stadium is successful but the fact remains I don't think Dillon will ever host a first team English Premier League club. Also, if Hartford could draw an EPL team for a summer match, it would more likely be held at Rentschler Field where they can sell a ton of tickets.

Gillette Stadium seats 66,829. It's sold out for any International match. Rentschler Field is a bit small for that kind of thing. For Revs MLS matches, they can fill the lower bowl of the stadium when the team isn't lousy. As a .500 team, they barely draw 20,000 in good weather. As the #10 MSA with less than 5 million, Boston has a tough time getting top matches when they're in the US. Since it's all about promoting US interest in soccer, I don't see how Hartford would ever get one.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:55 PM
 
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I am quite familiar with the structure of the league and teams. The article makes it sound like they are talking about first teams not the U23 or U18 teams. As a soccer fan, I do hope the stadium is successful but the fact remains I don't think Dillon will ever host a first team English Premier League club. Also, if Hartford could draw an EPL team for a summer match, it would more likely be held at Rentschler Field where they can sell a ton of tickets.

Even if the Hartford Athletic brought a Premiere League match to town, but held it the Rent, it would still be a great thing for the city
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:03 PM
 
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Of course it would be great for the city- and state. I didnít say it wouldnít be.


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Even if the Hartford Athletic brought a Premiere League match to town, but held it the Rent, it would still be a great thing for the city
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:21 PM
 
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I could be wrong but my understanding is that the reserve team structure is quite different since the disbanding of the Premier Reserve League. In essence, the U-23ís are the reserve players and next tier for the EPL first teams. Still amazing quality players who would likely still play closer to MLS level.

I agree that the soccer community in all of CT is remarkably strong and I think having a USL team is a great thing for the state and soccer here. Iíve watched a number of USL matches around the country and it can be quite entertaining. Iím relocating to Atlanta so unfortunately Iíll miss the inaugural season for the Athletic.

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My perception of the article was that it was summarizing the possibilities, with more details to folllow. I would not expect a first team to play a USL team either.But their reserve teams are not U 18 or even U 23 , they have players older, coming back from injuries, on loan, etc. Their structure is very deep as I am sure you are aware.

The team will actually be starting their season at Rentschler as Dillon will not be done. Thatís a good temporary use of the stadium that mostly sits idle, and has seen their main tenant , UCONN Football continues to have dwindling attendance. As a soccer fan, I am sure you are well aware of the strong soccer community in the State , and specifically in the Hartford area. THis is a good development project involving private money, with state and city support. It is family entertainment which should always be welcome.

I hope to see you at a match !
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:18 AM
 
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A local brewpub will be taking over Pratt Street for a short time. This will be a nice addition to downtown during the college basketball playoffs at the XL Center. Hopefully if it is a success, this will happen other times of the year as well. Jay

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Old 03-04-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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The NCAA Basketball Tournament is coming to Hartford bringing thousands of spectators and filling hotels, restaurants and bars not only in the city but the entire region. Jay

Vaunted NCAA basketball tournament returns to unlikely home in Hartford's XL Center | HartfordBusiness.com
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:53 PM
 
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The NCAA Basketball Tournament is coming to Hartford bringing thousands of spectators and filling hotels, restaurants and bars not only in the city but the entire region. Jay

Vaunted NCAA basketball tournament returns to unlikely home in Hartford's XL Center | HartfordBusiness.com
Better run some extra Hartford Line services!
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Old 03-04-2019, 10:26 PM
 
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Boston city is five times the size of Hartford, Boston metro is over eight million to Hartford's one million. Why not compare Hartford to NYC? It's silly.
Comparing it with New York is silly but I like the Boston comparison. Two New England capital cities of very similar states, founded by the same English Puritans, similar ethnic mix. Some physical similarities: an Old State House on State Street in the original downtown center and a new state house/capitol overlooking a downtown park. After Boston Hartford is the second biggest downtown office center. Both cities are small in relation to their metro areas with many suburbs and satellite cities, and lots of historical white flight out of the center city. For some reason Hartford did not retain a wealthy core residential area the way Boston did. And I think Mass may have worked harder to rejeuvenate Boston in the lean years than Conn did or has done for Hartford. Maybe not. But Conn has a big power center in the southwest corner and has always divided its attention between Hartford and New Haven whereas Mass has always been Boston-oriented (as in_newengland is wont to remind us.)
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