NEW BRITAIN – Another local sporting attraction has been lost as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, as the Nutmeg State Games announced on Monday that it was canceling the 2020 event.
“Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the threat it poses to public health, we've made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ShopRite Nutmeg State Games scheduled to be hosted by the City of New Britain in June, July and August,” Monday’s press release read. “The challenges and uncertainty that COVID-19 has presented make it impossible for our organization to appropriately plan, organize and put on our numerous sporting events in a safe environment.”
The Nutmeg Games have been a mainstay in the Hardware City each summer, holding tournaments in everything from roller hockey and golf to track and baseball. More than 7,000 athletes competed last year in the events that went from July 13 to Aug. 4. Last year was the 31st installment of the Games, and the 10th in a row hosted by the city of New Britain.
This year was supposed to be the 11th and final year that the event took place in the Hardware City, before the Games made a move to Middletown. But with the 2020 Games being canceled, the event will be back in New Britain next year, with Connecticut Sports Management Group Executive Director Patrick Fisher confirming to The Herald that the move to Middletown will be pushed back a year, allowing the Hardware City to have its farewell year next summer.
For the numerous teams and athletes that have already registered for the event, Monday’s press release offered a number of options. Those who have already registered can move that registration into the 2021 event, donate the fee to the Nutmeg State Games, or receive a full refund, minus transaction fees.
“Please know that we are committed to the health and well-being of our participants and will be taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe once we are able to run our events in the future,” the press release read. “We look forward to be back to business with the ShopRite Nutmeg State Games hosted by the City of New Britain in 2021.”