The Hartford Yard Goats were created in 2016, when the New Britain Rock Cats moved to Hartford, CT, a city that had not hosted a professional baseball team since 1952. A brand-new, 6,000-seat ballpark was to be built for the occasion, although cost overruns and construction delays meant that the team was planning to play the first month of its initial season on the road while waiting for its new home to be ready. Its home opener was scheduled for May 12, 2016, almost five weeks after its first scheduled game. However, that target was not met, as further delays in construction forced the team to postpone its home opener a number of times, until on July 22nd, it threw in the towel and announced that it would not move into its new ballpark until the following season. In the meantime, it was continuing to play all of its games on the road. On July 31st, the team put the city of Hartford under notice that if the stadium was not completed within six months, they would find another home city.
Dunkin' Donuts Park finally opened in 2017. In 2019, the Yard Goats announced that it would become the first peanut-free (and Cracker Jack-free) facility in organized baseball or in the sports world as a whole, due to allergy concerns; other parks already had special sections were these snacks are banned.
- Josh Norris: "Eastern League moves Hartford's home games for duration of 2016", Baseball America, July 22, 2016.