Whether it is college level athletics, minor league baseball, high school football games, or the Nutmeg State Games, the venues in New Britain have drawn thousands of sports fans year after year.
Central Connecticut State University, known as the Blue Devils, is composed of 16 teams representing intercollegiate athletics, including men and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field. Men’s sports include baseball and football. Women’s sports include volleyball, lacrosse, swimming & diving, and softball. The Blue Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Northeast Conference.
The Nutmeg State Games is the largest amateur multi-sport sporting event in Connecticut. In 2015, the games celebrated their 25th Anniversary of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit. With a focus on the development of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle in its participants, the games promote positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live. As many as 6000+ athletes ages 6 to 18 compete in 25+ different sport offerings. The “Games” represent an outstanding opportunity for local and national businesses to help support “Good Kids Making Good Choices!”
New Britain has a rich history of baseball and its fans have remained loyal supporters of the sport through three club nicknames, three major league parent teams and two stadiums. The New Britain Bees is the city's newest team from the Atlantic League after a long history with the New Britain Rock Cats (1995-2014).
Willow Brook Park includes three sports venues — New Britain Stadium, Veteran’s Memorial Stadium and Beehive Stadium. The park also offers soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, splash pad, and has recently added a 10-piece outdoor exercise equipment circuit for a total fitness workout. Built in 1995, New Britain Stadium is home to the New Britain Bees Atlantic League baseball team. The stadium has split level seating with a concourse around the middle seating area. Access to the field and box seats are below while upper seats are for reserved or general admission seating. Sky boxes are located at the top of the seating bowl on either side of the press box. The stadium seats 6,146 spectators.