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Dodd Stadium

Norwich, CT

Home of the Connecticut Tigers

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Dodd Stadium (map it)
14 Stott Ave
Norwich, CT 06360


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Year Opened: 1995

Capacity: 6,270

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Home of Tater and Tigers

Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium was built in 1995 to house the Norwich Navigators, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Yankees placed their prospects in eastern Connecticut through 2003, when they moved their affiliation to Trenton, New Jersey. The San Francisco Giants then set up shop in Norwich, rebranding the team as the Connecticut Defenders in 2006. Facing steadily declining attendance, the team moved to Richmond, Virginia for the 2010 season. Filling the vacuum immediately was the New York-Penn League, which was looking to move out of their traditional footprint into more modern ballparks. The Connecticut Tigers were born, and have called Dodd Stadium home since 2010.

Senator Thomas J. Dodd was a Norwich native who served as a United States Senator and Representative. He served two terms in both the House of Representatives and the Senate between 1952 and 1964. Dodd may be best known as part of the prosecution team at the Nuremburg Trials.

In addition to hosting the Navigators/Defenders/Tigers, Dodd Stadium has served as host to both the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament from 2002 to 2004, and the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2011 and 2012. The Hartford Yard Goats played a portion of their 2016 schedule in Norwich when their new home ballpark, Dunkin' Donuts Park, was not ready for play.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

There is a surprising variety of concession options at Dodd Stadium for a ballpark of this size.

There are several concession stands on either side of the concourse, most of which serve basic ballpark fare. The ballpark recently downgraded from Nathan's hot dogs to Kayem franks. Items including pizza slices and nachos can be purchased at these stands, as well as assorted snacks including pretzels, popcorn and peanuts.

Paninis, Meatball Sliders, pulled pork and grilled chicken sandwiches can be found at one of the stands on the third base side of the ballpark.

Fans looking for something more unique should look for Philly's Cheesesteaks, located far down the left field line. They offer several variations on the cheesesteak, including the Broad Street Bully, which was rated tops in the country by the Travel Channel.

Located down the right field line is the Burger Barn, which sells several different gourmet burgers. Fans looking to satisfy a sweet tooth will be pleased to find a Ben and Jerry's stand on the first base side. Pepsi products are featured at Dodd Stadium.

Fans looking for adult beverages will enjoy either of the bars at Dodd Stadium. The Hole in the Wall Bar located on the first base side sells two dozen assorted brands, as well as several brands on draft. Prices are inexpensive, with drafts selling for six dollars and bottles/cans selling for only five. On Thursday nights Budweiser and Bud Light are sold for only two dollars. Fans looking to step back in time should seek out the Retro Beer Bar on the third base side. For a taste of what your dad used to drink, come here and sample classic brands such as Ballantine Ale, Schlitz, Schaefer and Pabst Blue Ribbon. For eight dollars fans can purchase a combo meal consisting of a manwich, chips and a PBR draft.

Atmosphere    3

The CT Tigers offer your typical minor league ballpark experience at Dodd Stadium. The staff offer frequent giveaways and between inning contests to keep the casual fan interested. Overall the staff do a great job offering entertainment without making it too intrusive on the game being played.

Fans who attend games at Dodd Stadium are generally involved in the action on the field and knowledgeable about the home team. Unfortunately, with small crowds on hand in a large ballpark, fans fail to generate a lot of noise. Much of the excitement at a Tigers game comes from the children at the ballpark, who fill up the berms on either side of the ballpark and compete to chase down foul balls all over the ballpark.

Neighborhood    2

Dodd Stadium is located in an industrial park, and there is nothing of note within a few miles of the ballpark. Fans looking for places to stay in the area or places to eat will find a few options on Town Street on the way to the ballpark.

Most fans visiting the area will not choose to stay in Norwich, opting instead to proceed to the two large casinos located nearby. Mohegan Sun is located a 15 minute drive from the ballpark, and Foxwoods is located a half hour drive from Dodd Stadium. Both casinos are renowned for their variety of shops, entertainment and dining options, and of course, gaming choices.

Families looking for a more family friendly environment will surely enjoy a visit to Mystic Seaport, located a 20 minute drive away, which contains more than 60 historic buildings, museums, historic vessels, shops and an aquarium.

Fans    2

While the Tigers have experienced an overall increasing trend in attendance over the past several seasons, their average of about 2,200 fans per game rank them in the bottom third of the New York-Penn League in terms of attendance.

Many families can be found roaming around Dodd Stadium, as the team tries hard to create a family friendly atmosphere. The intimate nature of the low minors ensures that there is a close bond between the players on the field and the fans in the stands.

Access    3

Dodd Stadium's location in the Norwich Industrial Park ensures that it is easy to get to via car, but also that driving is the only method to arrive at the ballpark. Visitors to Norwich will simply take exit 14 off of Interstate 395 and follow the signs to the ballpark. Dodd Stadium is located about three miles from the highway through the industrial park. Parking is located in a large gravel lot adjacent to the ballpark.

Seating at Dodd Stadium is available in three forms: gray folding plastic stadium chairs (premium seating), red molded bucket seats (reserved seating) and metal bleachers with backs (grandstand seating). A wide concourse runs atop the seating bowl, and offers views of the field from all points except for directly behind home plate. The rest rooms are clean and more than adequate for the typical CT Tigers crowd.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets to see the CT Tigers are very inexpensive, with tickets priced from ten dollars for premium seats to as low as eight dollars for grandstand seats. Access to the Yard Bar and Grill, located on the suite level, costs $20. Parking in the lot adjacent to Dodd Stadium will cost an additional three dollars.

While some of the premium concession items can run on the expensive side, overall the concessions are quite affordable, and certainly in line with other venues in the area.

Extras    2

An extra point is awarded for the franchise's decision to return Tater the Gator to his familiar position of prominence at the entryway to the ballpark. Long relegated to a remote corner of Dodd Stadium, the statue was moved to its rightful position to greet visiting fans. A selection of Navigators merchandise is also available for purchase in the team store.

An extra point is awarded for the CT Tigers Hall of Fame, located just inside the entry to Dodd Stadium. Plaques honoring every CT Tiger to reach the majors line this area.

Final Thoughts

Dodd Stadium is a solid ballpark which suffers primarily due to its location and lack of local affiliation. If you are traveling to eastern Connecticut it provides a solid alternative to donating your hard-earned money to the local Indian tribes.

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Crowd Reviews

Dodd Stadium, Home of the Connecticut Tigers

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

Dodd Stadium is home for the Connecticut Tigers; the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The stadium opened in 1995 and over the years it has been home to the AA team of the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. Since 2009, Dodd Stadium has been home to the Class A Detroit Tigers.

The dimensions of the stadium are 309’ down both the left field and right field lines. Center field is 401’ feet away. The fences are eight feet tall around the entire outfield.

The record crowd for Dodd Stadium occurred in 2002 when they hosted the AA All Star Game. The turnout to see the game was 8,009.

Kyle Escott and Matt Fritz

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

Good but team sucks. Great food but is clean.

The Connecticut Tigers at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Stadium

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Dodd Stadium has hosted minor league baseball since 1995. The team name, affiliation, level have all changed, but Dodd Stadium has been the one constant. When the Connecticut Defenders left Dodd Stadium in 2010 and became the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Oneonta Tigers decided to move to Norwich and become the current tenant, the Connecticut Tigers. Dodd Stadium is named for former Senator Thomas J. Dodd. The team has enjoyed success recently, and hosted the 2013 New York-Penn League All Star Game.

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