primary ballfield being developed for the vintage tournament will
located in downtown Hartford's historic Bushnell Park, adjacent
popular outdoor dining Pump House
Grille, just an overthrow away.
based on the original Hartford Base Ball Grounds, home of the
National League Hartford Dark Blues of 1874-1876, the ballfield
outlined behind the right and centerfield fence with private
open-to-the-public Entertainment Tents. Completing
the ambience will be a
large custom-made manual scoreboard, wooden
outfield snow fence, wooden
bleacher seating, picnic tables, benches,
chicken-wire backstop, public address
grandstand, concession stands
and assorted baseball-related merchandising
tents. See Overview Diagram.
to late 19th century ballfields, the outfield fence will be positioned
right-angle "box" shape with right and leftfield
fences connecting in
straightaway centerfield. Dimensions will
be approximately 290' down each
foul line and 315' to center.
infield will replicate period-style base ball diamonds with 2-foot
"dirt paths" to each base and the remaining area
grass only. A "dirt path"
illusion will be created using
a brown marker paint application on grass cut
½" in height. The remaining lush infield and outfield turf will be cut
to a 1.5"
Player and spectator backdrop views from homeplate will include many of
largest office buildings rising high above century old oak and
trees that slightly overhang the ballfield (and are in play).
Buildings include the
34-story CityPlace, and 20+ story downtown
landmarks of Goodwin Square,
Gold Building, Fleet Bank Building,
the former Southern New England
Telephone building and residential
Bushnell Towers and Bushnell on the Park.