Like many other sports teams, Hartford Athletic had to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, July 17, the Connecticut-based professional soccer team officially kicked off its 2020 season. As part of the United Soccer League (USL), Hartford Athletic is the first sports team to reopen in Connecticut—and among the first in the country to resume play in its home stadium.

Hartford Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julio Concepción and Director of Small Business Development Shannon Mumley caught a Hartford Athletic game Monday, July 20.

“I’m so proud of Hartford Athletic for reopening. We were both impressed with the safety measures put in place,” noted Shannon. “I’m excited Hartford can host sports events in the city in a safe way and looking forward to another game!”

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