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A Letter To Fans

By Jim Burda, CEO, 03/03/20, 3:00PM EST


Dear Fans,

I am reaching out to introduce myself as the new CEO of Hartford Athletic. Throughout the process of interviewing for this position, it quickly became clear how special our fanbase is and the exciting opportunity that we have at hand to help make our city and state the best place to live, work, and play. 

I cannot think of a better community or professional sport that represents heart, grit and diversity than professional soccer in the city of Hartford. I am honored to be entrusted with leading the business operations of Hartford Athletic and to join this community.

The milestones that YOU achieved in 2019 are impressive to say the least including:

  • Over 11,000 fans rocking Rentschler Field for the first ever home match
  • A sold out Dillon Stadium for its grand re-opening on July 13th
  • Over 4,000 community tickets donated
  • Two international friendlies celebrating key communities in Hartford (Puerto Rican and Jamaican respectively)
  • A nationally televised home match on ESPNews 
  • Eighteen locally televised games (which will increase to 34 in 2020!)
  • Key corporate and community partnerships and so much more

Rest assured that both the Front Office and Technical Staff are hard at work building on our inaugural season as we continue to make 2020 bigger and better, and I look forward to joining this effort.

In this spirit, we have some important events coming up, and I hope to meet you there and throughout the season.

  • March 3rd: Final preseason home match and it’s open to the public! (1:30pm at Farmington Sports Arena)
  • March 5th: Preseason Party where you get to meet the team (click here for details)
  • March 6th: Check out our 2020 jerseys for the first time in the brand new Hartford Athletic mobile app (iOS download here; Android download here)
  • March 13th: Our first road match of the season and a watch party at City Steam (click here for details)
  • March 21st: Home Opener - we need EVERYONE there to create the atmosphere we know and love at #FortressHartford (get your tickets here

Thank you so much to all our fans and especially to our Season Ticket Members who are the heart and soul of this club. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Season Ticket Member, please go here.

2020 is a big year for us. We strive to make this the best club in USL Championship and are dedicated to working with you as we build on the momentum.

Thank you for your continued support,

Jim Burda, CEO, Hartford Athletic

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