After a few construction delays last year, the Harbor Yard Amphitheater was set to open and had already announced some concerts that were scheduled, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Once that happened, everything was put on hold until this week when it was announced that the amphitheater would be opening on May 15, but under a new name, the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater.

For more than 20 years, Connecticut residents knew it as the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, the home of the Bridgeport Bluefish. When they made their final out in 2017, it was announced that the venue would be transformed into a new amphitheater that would host everything from top concerts to graduations.

Now we learned this week that the venue has acquired a new name. According to, the city's Mayor Joe Ganim and Live Nation have teamed up with Hartford HealthCare and the facility will now be known as the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater.

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The venue will seat some 5,700 people and before the pandemic hit, they had already booked some high profile musical acts like Little Big Town, Blackberry Smoke and the Steve Miller Band.

Right now, the only events that they are scheduled to host will be some local college graduations, but if they get the green light from the State of Connecticut, they are hoping to book some concerts into the new venue by sometime in June.

Jeffery Flaks is the president and CEO of Hartford HealhCare and he had this to say to CT News 12 about the new amphitheater:

This is a moment for hope. It's a moment for promise, this is about strengthening the economic vitality in our region. Right behind us to see the harbor, to see the trains running, to see the construction being completed on this facility, and in a short period of time we are going to see concerts, graduations, health expos, community festivals and people coming back together in our community safely right here.


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