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    Saturday, December 03, 2022

    Dodd Stadium brings the fun as home field for Norwich Sea Unicorns

    The Connecticut Tigers warm up during a team practice on media day in 2016 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. (Tim Cook/The Day)
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    Regardless of what team is calling it "home," Dodd Stadium in Norwich is a classic minor league ballpark most associated with the glory years of former Yankees AA affiliate the Norwich Navigators. It's got that old-school design that fondly recalls "Bull Durham"-style nostalgia, and the extracurricular fun — fireworks, traditional and visionary concessions and craft beer, playground/picnic area, etc. — is consistently top notch.

    At present, the 6,200 seat Dodd Stadium hosts the Norwich Sea Unicorns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, an eight-team, New England-centric organization similar in quality and structure to the famous and prototypical Cape Cod League. The Sea Unicorns will play a 64-game schedule with the first home game on May 26 against the New Britain Bees and wind up the season in early August — hopefully with playoffs activity.

    Of course, Dodd Stadium — named for the late U.S. Senator Thomas Dodd — has also served as an occasional concert venue including performances by Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. In the COVID summer of 2020, the ballpark hosted the "Rockin' the Docks" series featuring local acts. Hopefully, with "the situation" improving, Dodd Stadium will once again be a go-to destination this summer.

    Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave., Norwich, (860) 887-7962, www.milb.com/norwich.

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