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City Acknowledges Dillon Stadium Roof Bills Shouldn't Have Been Paid

City Acknowledges Dillon Stadium Roof Bills Shouldn't Have Been Paid

Soon after James Duckett Jr. began negotiating with Hartford officials to take over the redevelopment of Dillon Stadium — with the promise of turning a $12 million city-financed soccer stadium into a privately funded arena at a cost several times higher — the Somers businessman knew one of the first upgrades he wanted to make to the city's more modestly priced design.

The roof, he said, was not befitting a marquee professional soccer stadium. So he brought in a Florida firm he'd worked with before to create a dramatic covering that would grab the attention of motorists passing on the highway.

"You want people to ride on 91 and look down and say, 'Hey, what...

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