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Rentschler Field (stadium)

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Location 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118

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Owner State of Connecticut
Operator Global Spectrum[1]
Capacity 40,642
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Broke ground October 21, 2000[2]
Opened August 30, 2003
Construction cost $91.2 million
($117 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Structural engineer BVH Integrated Services[4]
Services engineer Diversified Technology Consultants[5]
General contractor Hunt-Gilbane Joint Venture[6]
Connecticut Huskies football (NCAA) (2003-present)
Hartford Colonials (UFL) (2010)

Rentschler Field is a stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. It is primarily used for football and soccer, and is the home field of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies. In the fall of 2010, it was home to the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. The stadium, which opened in 2003, was the first stadium used primarily by an NCAA Division I-A (now FBS) team to open in the 21st century. The permanent stadium capacity is 40,642 consisting of 38,110 permanent seats with an additional 2,532 standing room in the scoreboard plaza. It also has a game day capability to add approximately 2,000 bleacher seats as it did for UConn football vs. Michigan in 2014. Connecticut played on campus at Memorial Stadium in Storrs, before 2003.

Rentschler Field was originally the name of the company airfield for Pratt & Whitney that formerly occupied the site. The airfield, which began operations in 1931, was named after Frederick Brant Rentschler, who founded the aircraft arm of Pratt & Whitney and later founded its current parent company, United Technologies. It was originally used for test flights and maintenance operations, and later for corporate aviation. The Script error: No such module "convert". site was decommissioned as an airport in the 1990s, and donated to the state of Connecticut by United Technologies in 1999. A subsequent 65-acre donation by United Technologies in 2009 allowed for the construction of additional grass parking lots adjacent to the Stadium.

Pursuant to a lease agreement with the State, UConn plays all its home football games at Rentschler Field.


The New England Patriots considered moving to Connecticut and sharing a stadium with the UConn football team, in the mid-1990s. The new stadium was supposed to be built on the Connecticut Convention Center site in downtown Hartford. However, when the Patriots completed the deal for Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Hartford stadium plan was scaled down and the location was moved to East Hartford. The current capacity of 40,642 was designed with structure in place to expand to a 50,000-seat stadium or more, with limited rehabilitation.

Rentschler Field is owned by the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management, while operations are overseen by the quasi-public Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA). Global Spectrum, L.P. has managed the building on behalf of CRDA since 2013. Previously, the Stadium was managed by Bushnell Management Services (2011-2013), Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)(2007-2011) and Madison Square Garden L.P. (2003-2007).

In 2006, the Bollywood movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna used the field as the location of the soccer game in the opening scene of the movie.

The stadium has hosted a number of major concerts, including Bruce Springsteen (the first artist to play the stadium, in 2003), The Rolling Stones (2005) and The Police (2007). On September 21, 2013, UConn hosted the Michigan Wolverines with a record football attendance of 42,704. Over 2,000 temporary seats were added to the venue on either side of the scoreboard to accommodate the 5,000 visiting seating allotment that UConn agreed to give Michigan.[citation needed] The Huskies lost 24-21 to the Wolverines that game.

US Men's National Soccer Team

Rentschler Field has hosted several United States men's national soccer team's home games, including Landon Donovan's last game for the National Team on October 10, 2014.[7]

Date Teams Competition Attendance
2005 United States 23x15px 1-0 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago Friendly 25,488
2006 United States 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Latvia Friendly 22,455
2010 United States 23x15px 2–4 23x15px Czech Republic Friendly 36,000
July 16, 2013 United States 23x15px 1–0 23x15px Costa Rica 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup 25,432
October 10, 2014 United States 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Ecuador Friendly 36,265

Hartford Colonials

The Hartford Colonials were a United Football League team that played their home games at Rentschler Field. During their (2010 UFL season), the Colonials played all four home games at Rentschler, after having played one there the previous season while they were known as the New York Sentinels. Attendance at Colonials games averaged a consistent 15,000 people, third place in the five-team league behind Omaha and Sacramento. The UFL suspended the Colonials franchise in 2011 and the franchise was officially terminated when the team's former owner (Bill Mayer) was named as the new owner of a different franchise.

Whalers Hockey Fest

From February 11–20, 2011, the stadium hosted the Whalers Hockey Fest 2011. A hockey rink was constructed on the field much like is done for the annual NHL Winter Classic. Events included a Hartford Whalers Alumni vs. Boston Bruins Alumni game, a double-header featuring both UConn men's and women's hockey teams, a Hockey Legends team faced off against the Mystery, Alaska Hollywood team,[8] and the second edition of the American Hockey League Outdoor Classic between the host Connecticut Whale and the Providence Bruins. Over 15,000 fans came out to watch the so-called "Whale Bowl", while over 1,700 attended the UConn men's game.

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Rentschler Field scoreboard in 2010


  1. ^ Doyle, Paul (July 17, 2013). "Global Spectrum Pleased With Its First Event At Rentschler". Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (October 21, 2000). "Ground Broken on UConn Stadium". Record-Journal (Meriden, CT). Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Rentschler Field Division I Football Stadium". BVH Integrated Services. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rentschler Stadium". Diversified Technology Consultants. Archived from the original on September 5, 2004. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sedlak, Melissa (September 1, 2003). "Sales Records Fall at UConn Stadium". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Drehs, Wayne (December 22, 2014). "The Bitter End". ESPN The Magazine (Boone, Iowa: ESPN The Magazine). 
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