HARTFORD - The Hartford Athletic soccer club has partnered with the Polonia Business Association and other community groups to bring a Polish Night to one of its matches in September.
The team’s Sept. 14 game against Louisville City, at 7 p.m. at Dillon Stadium, will be followed by a postgame meet-and-greet with Polish-born Wojciech Wojcik, a forward/striker for Hartford Athletic. Reduced-price tickets can be purchased at HartfordAthletic.com/Polska.
According to Joe Calafiore, vice president of marketing for Hartford Athletic, a ticket to the match is all that is required to meet Wojcik.
“Come to the match, have a great time and meet Woj after the game,” Calafiore said.
Wojcik, Calafiore said, is “very proud of his Polish heritage” and speaks fluent Polish. The Polish community is a big fan of his, Calafiore added.
For Polish Night, the team is working on getting some food trucks to the stadium that would serve up traditional Polish cuisine, Calafiore said. It is also hoping to have some Polish beers available.
Stanley the Dragon and other Little Poland mascots are set to make an appearance.
Calafiore said the team looks at Polish Night as a way to introduce some new people to the club, which is playing its inaugural United Soccer League season in Hartford.
The Sept. 14 event is just one way to engage the community and make sure the games reflect the diverse population in the Greater Hartford area, he said.
The hope is that Polish Night will be a huge success and will return and grow next year, Calafiore said.
Calafiore added that the match should be an entertaining one, given that Louisville City is the defending champion of the USL. He said Hartford’s Athletic games have great atmosphere and great fans.
The team each night is drawing near-capacity crowds to Dillon Stadium, he said.
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