In May 2014, city leaders eager for their next pivotal redevelopment effort sought bids to upgrade Hartford’s famed Dillon Stadium.
Only one suitor returned the call, but his idea hit the mark: An impressive, 10,000-seat arena equipped to host a newly minted soccer team, run sports clinics for underserved children and put on lively concerts reminiscent of Dillon’s glory days.
At a price tag of $12 million, it was a boon for the city. But for Mitchell Anderson, the architect of that lofty proposal, it was the pinnacle of a lifelong passion for soccer.
Nearly four years later, Anderson is waiting to see if he’ll get prison time for his role in what began as a promising...