East Hartford Velodrome

The Blues played their 1926 season in the East Hartford Velodrome, a then-new bicycle track located across the Connecticut River in East Hartford. The grass football field barely fit inside the wooden track. Its capacity was 8,000 spectators.[2]

East Hartford Velodrome
Former namesHurley Stadium
LocationEast Hartford, CT 06118
Capacity8,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedJune 28, 1926[1]
Closed1929
Demolished1929
Construction cost$75,000
Tenants
Hartford Blues/Giants
(NFL/Indep.) (192627)
East Hartford High School

Football

The Velodrome was the home for the National Football League's Hartford Blues for their 1926 and 1927 seasons[3].

Boxing

The Velodrome has hosted many boxing events. One event was main evented by Connecticut's own Christopher "Battling" Battalino, when he defeated Archie Rosenberg by knock-out.

Date Winner Loser Type Rd., Time Attendance Ref.
June 6, 1928Battling BattalinoArchie RosenbergKO--
September 23, 1929Battling BattalinoAndré RoutisPTS15-
August 18, 1930Battling BattalinoBud TaylorPTS10-
September 24, 1930Kid KaplanBattling BattalinoPTS10-
September 15, 1931Battling BattalinoEddie SheaPTS--[4]

References

  1. Club, East Hartford Rotary (2009). East Hartford. ISBN 9780738565378.
  2. Hogrogian, John (1982). "The Hartford Blues Part II" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 4 (9): 1–5.
  3. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/stadiums/HRT01.htm
  4. http://boxrec.com/en/event/62786

See also

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