Venue Review: UConn Football, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT

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by Corey Mansfield

On October 22, 2016,  I got a chance to visit Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field the home of the University of Connecticut Huskies football team as the took on the University of Central Florida Knights.

A photo of scoreboard prior to the game against Central Florida (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I had emailed the athletic department prior the game and was given media credentials for the game so I didn't need to buy tickets. However, tickets are affordably priced with most tickets between $32-$60 depending on the seats.  You can click on the following link to purchase tickets.

The stadium is located in East Hartford, Connecticut right off Interstate 84 and not too far from Interstate 91. It was much easier to get to then I thought. 

A view of the field from Google (photo credit: Google)
Like most college football stadiums there was a ton of people tailgating. The smell of food just overwhelmed the air and it was awesome. It really put you in the mood to watch college football.


The walk from the parking lot to the stadium wasn't too bad, maybe less than a quarter mile. There were various vendors outside giving away promotional items, food, and playing games and music. It was a great atmosphere.

The one thing you'll' immediately notice when you walk up to the stadium is that the security is very tight. All bags are inspected thoroughly. I have no problem with this as I think it's important to keep everyone safe. Just understand that you'll be subject to search if you attend a game
 
The concourse (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Once you enter the stadium you are on the concourse level and can already view the field.  There are many different concession stands to choose from a variety of foods. More importantly there was also a few booths to buy UConn athletic apparel including blankets, hats, and gloves. This came in extremely handy since it was freezing cold.


It started to down pour as it got closer to game time and many fans left their seats to stand in the concourse to dry and thaw out.


Eventually it cleared enough for the UConn marching band to enter the stadium. The UConn marking band was pretty awesome. Here's a video of them below.


After the marching band played a few songs the teams entered the stadium. The Huskies came out through a huge blow-up helmet with smoke filling the air.

The tunnel where the Huskies will come ut (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

I floated around the stadium for a while and took photos of the game action. You can view those photos by clicking on this link. 

The atmosphere the stadium was great. The fans were really into the game. I had a little kid sitting near me holding a UConn mini helmet. He told his friend it was going to get it autographed after the game. It was cool to see young fans that excited to be at a game.

At halftime the  marching band came back out and did a nice show. I haven't been to many college football games but the marching band was really amazing and added to the atmosphere of the stadium.

The UConn Marching Band performs at halftime (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The seating capacity for the field is 40,000 seats and there isn't one bad seat in the house. After walking around the stadium for a little bit I settled in the back corner of the end zone to watch the remainder of the game. It was a great seat to watch the game and take pictures.

Back corner of the end zone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
One feature that is over looked at many stadiums are the bathrooms. I noticed that there were bathrooms located close to almost all of the entrances from the stands to the concourse. You didn't have to walk far to use the bathroom. I've experienced some venues where you have to walk around the stadium to use the bathroom. This was definitely a plus.

Even though it was freezing cold with a blustery wind and pouring rain it was still a fun experience and a great stadium to visit.  I really enjoyed the atmosphere from the marching band to the smells of the tailgating. The fans were really into the game and excited to watch their team. I highly recommend making the trip to East Hartford, CT to watch a UConnn Huskies football game.

Here are some more photos of the stadium:

The end zone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view from the concourse (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)


Pre-game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A shot of the stands and scoreboard from field level (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The field (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A shot of the suites and press box (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Back shot from the end zone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

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