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March 17, 2022

Hartford’s Dillon Stadium to be renamed Trinity Health Stadium under new naming rights agreement

Photo | Hartford Athletic Hartford Athletic fans at Dillon Stadium.

Hartford’s Dillon Stadium will be renamed Trinity Health Stadium under the terms of a multi-year naming rights agreement involving Trinity, the city and the Hartford Athletic, the professional soccer team that plays its home games at the venue.

Trinity Health of New England, which owns St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and other hospitals and facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, will have new signage placed throughout the stadium, and a new archway featuring the Trinity Health Stadium logo will be built by the main entrance.

The stadium’s press box, video board and deck scrim adjacent to the press box will also feature the new stadium logo.

“Trinity Health of New England has been a partner of Hartford Athletic since its inception, and that partnership will now be reflected in the name of this historic stadium,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “This name is a symbol of Trinity Health’s commitment to Hartford, both on and off the pitch.”

Trinity, which was one of the Hartford Athletic’s founding partners in 2019, will continue its sponsorship of the team and will remain its official healthcare provider.

The new partnership marks Dillon Stadium’s third name change in its 87-year history.

Built in 1935 with funds from federal emergency relief programs, the venue was first called Municipal Stadium. It was used mainly for high school and industrial league sporting events.

City officials renamed the site Dillon Stadium in 1956 in honor of James H. Dillon, who served as Hartford’s recreation director for nearly 40 years.

In the years since, the stadium hosted professional football and soccer teams, a circus and performances by groups such as The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, but eventually fell into disrepair.

A $14 million renovation in 2019 restored the site, and it is now used for Hartford Athletic home games, high school and college soccer matches and community events.

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