New Britain has officiall replaced its former Double-A baseball team with an independent minor league club.
City and team officials announced Thursday that the New Britain Bees will begin play in the Atlantic League next April.
New Britain's first game in the Atlantic League will take place at home on April 21 against the visiting York Revolution.
The team takes the place of the Camden (New Jersey) Riversharks, which went out of business last month after 15 years in the league.
The Bees are owned by Atlantic League founder Frank Boulton, who also owns the Long Island Ducks.
The city and Boulton have agreed to a 15-year-lease of New Britain Stadium, with an annual rent of $150,000.
New Britain was left without a team when the Double-A Rock Cats moved to Hartford. That club will open play in a new stadium next spring as the Hartford Yard Goats.
Lancaster gets All-Star Game: The Atlantic League also announced that its All-Star Game and the All-Star Gala will return to Lancaster for the first time since 2007.
The All-Star Game will be held at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Wednesday, July 13. All-Star festivities and celebrations will be presented throughout Lancaster County on Tuesday, July 12 and leading up to the game.
Team rosters will be comprised of stars from the Freedom Division, which includes the Barnstormers and the Revolution, against the best of the Liberty Division.