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)|
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)|
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)|
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)|
|Back corner of the end zone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)|
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)|