Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field

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Rentschler Field
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Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Location in Connecticut
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Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesRentschler Field (2003–2015)
Location615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118
Coordinates 41°45′35″N72°37′8″W / 41.75972°N 72.61889°W / 41.75972; -72.61889 Coordinates: 41°45′35″N72°37′8″W / 41.75972°N 72.61889°W / 41.75972; -72.61889
Owner State of Connecticut
Operator Spectra [1]
Capacity 38,066 (standing room to 40,000, expandable to at least 42,704)
Record attendance42,704 (Sept. 2013)
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 21, 2000 [2]
OpenedAugust 30, 2003
Construction cost $91.2 million
($124 million in 2018 dollars [3] )
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Structural engineerBVH Integrated Services [4]
Services engineerDiversified Technology Consultants [5]
General contractor Hunt-Gilbane Joint Venture [6]
Tenants
UConn Huskies (NCAA) (2003–present)
Hartford Colonials (UFL) (2009–2010)
Hartford Athletic (USLC) (2019)
Website
Official Website

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at 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. It may also host the Connecticut Underground of the Freedom Football League 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 40,000, consisting of 38,066 permanent seats with a standing-room area in the scoreboard plaza that can accommodate up to 1,934 people. It also has a game day capability to add approximately 2,000 temporary seats as it did for UConn football vs. Michigan in 2013. Connecticut played on campus at Memorial Stadium in Storrs, before 2003.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

East Hartford, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

East Hartford is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 51,252 at the 2010 census. The town is located on the east bank of the Connecticut River, directly across from Hartford, Connecticut. It is home to aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. It is also home to Rentschler Field, a stadium used mainly for soccer and football with a capacity is 40,000 people.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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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 Rentschler, who founded Pratt & Whitney in 1925 and also founded its parent company, United Technologies. It was originally used for test flights and maintenance operations, and later for corporate aviation. The 75-acre (30 ha) 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.

Rentschler Field

Rentschler Field was an airport in East Hartford, Connecticut in use from 1933 to 1999. Originally a military facility, later a private corporate airport, it was decommissioned in 1999, after which the football stadium of the same name was built on the site. From 1930 to 1939, the Chance Vought Aircraft Corporations's manufacturing facility was located here, as was the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company and the Hamilton Standard Propellers Corporation.

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft engine manufacturer

Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTC). Pratt & Whitney's aircraft engines are widely used in both civil aviation and military aviation. Its headquarters are in East Hartford, Connecticut. As one of the "big three" aero-engine manufacturers, it competes with General Electric and Rolls-Royce, although it has also formed joint ventures with both of these companies. In addition to aircraft engines, Pratt & Whitney manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation, and marine turbines. In 2017, the company reported that in 2014 they had 38,737 employees supporting more than 11,000 customers in 180 countries around the world. In 2013, Pratt & Whitney's revenue totaled $14.5 billion.

Frederick Rentschler American aerospace engineer

Frederick Brant Rentschler was an American aircraft engine designer, aviation engineer, industrialist, and the founder of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Rentschler created and manufactured many revolutionary aircraft engines, including those used in the aircraft of Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and James Doolittle. He is also a co-founder of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, the predecessor of United Technologies Corporation.

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

History

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 40,000 can expand to 50,000 with limited rehabilitation and has the layout and design for expansion of up to 60,000 seats in the future. [7]

New England Patriots National Football League franchise in Foxborough, Massachusetts

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

Connecticut Convention Center

The Connecticut Convention Center is a convention center located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, United States, overlooking the Connecticut River.

Gillette Stadium stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution

Gillette Stadium is a stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The facility opened in 2002, replacing Foxboro Stadium. The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites.

The stadium 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).

Anschutz Entertainment Group company

The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is an American worldwide sporting and music entertainment presenter and a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation. It is the world's largest owner of sports teams and sports events. Under the AEG Presents brand, it is the world's second largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation. AEG Presents was started in 2002.

On July 16, 2015, it was announced that the stadium had been named Pratt & Whitney Stadium in a deal between Pratt & Whitney and UConn. The playing surface is still named Rentschler Field. [8] In return, Pratt and Whitney donated additional land that will be used for game day parking.

Connecticut Huskies

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Rentschler Field during the North Carolina at UConn football game, 2009

The UConn Huskies football team has an all time 60–43 record at Rentschler Field.

YearRecord
200351
200461
200542
200634
200770
200842
200942
201060
201143
201233
201325
201425
201542
201634
201724
201815

Sellouts

DateOpponentResultSeats
September 13, 2003 Boston College L 14-2440,000
November 8, 2003 Rutgers W 38-3140,000
September 11, 2004 Duke W 22-2040,000
September 25, 2004 Army W 40-340,000
September 30, 2004 Pittsburgh W 29-1740,000
October 13, 2004#17 West Virginia L 19-3140,000
October 23, 2004 Temple W 45-3140,000
November 20, 2004 Buffalo W 29-040,000
September 1, 2005 Buffalo W 38-040,000
September 10, 2005 Liberty W 59-040,000
October 7, 2005 Syracuse W 26-740,000
October 22, 2005 Rutgers L 24-2640,000
November 26, 2005 South Florida W 15-1040,000
December 3, 2005#16 Louisville L 20-3040,000
September 16, 2006 Wake Forest L 13-2440,000
September 30, 2006 Navy L 17-4140,000
October 20, 2006#4 West Virginia L 11-3740,000
November 11, 2006 Pittsburgh W 46-453OT40,000
October 19, 2007 Louisville W 21-1740,000
October 27, 2007#11 South Florida W 22-1540,000
November 3, 2007 Rutgers W 38-1940,000
November 17, 2007 Syracuse W 30-740,000
September 13, 2008 Virginia W 45-1040,000
October 25, 2008 Cincinnati W 40-1640,000
November 1, 2008 West Virginia L 35-1340,000
October 17, 2009 Louisville W 38-2540,000
November 28, 2009 Syracuse W 56-3140,000
October 2, 2010 Vanderbilt W 40-2140,000
October 29, 2010 West Virginia W 16-13OT40,000
November 27, 2010 Cincinnati W 38-1740,000
September 21, 2013#15 Michigan L 24-2142,704

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Soccer

Hartford Athletic

On March 11, 2019, it was announced that the renovations at Dillon Stadium would not be completed on time for Hartford Athletic's home opener on May 4 against Charlotte Independence. [10] Hartford Athletic played seven games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

Dillon Stadium is a multipurpose facility in Hartford, Connecticut. It has been host to concerts and sporting events. It was formerly the home of the New England Nightmare of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA). It is now the home of USL Championship club Hartford Athletic. The UConn Huskies men's and women's soccer team both plan on playing a majority of their matches at Dillon Stadium, however they currently play at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Hartford Athletic American professional soccer club

Hartford Athletic is an American professional soccer team based in Hartford, Connecticut. The club was founded in 2018 and started play in the USL Championship in 2019. 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and former Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen is the head coach of the team.

Charlotte Independence American professional soccer team in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Independence is an American soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. They play their home games at the Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina.

DateTeamsAttendance
May 4, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte Independence 11,346
May 10, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Memphis 901 FC 5,045
May 25, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 1–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ottawa Fury FC 5,346
June 1, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 1-1 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina FC 5,003
June 8, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 2-1 Flag of the United States.svg Saint Louis FC 5,132
June 16, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 2-3 Flag of the United States.svg Nashville SC 4,489
June 29, 2019 Hartford Athletic Flag of the United States.svg 0-3 Flag of the United States.svg Bethlehem Steel FC 5,012

Major League Soccer

On September 23, 2017, New York City FC played a home match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium, against the Houston Dynamo, in the stadium's first Major League Soccer game. The game was relocated from Yankee Stadium in New York City due to a schedule conflict with the New York Yankees. [11]

DateTeamsCompetitionAttendance
September 23, 2017 New York City FC Flag of the United States.svg 1-1 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dynamo MLS 10,165

United States 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. [12]

DateTeamsCompetitionAttendance
August 18, 2005 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–0 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Friendly25,488
May 30, 2006 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–0 Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Friendly22,455
May 25, 2010 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 2–4 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Friendly36,000
July 16, 2013 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–0 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup 25,432
October 10, 2014 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–1 Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Friendly36,265
July 1, 2017 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 2–1 Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Friendly28,754
October 16, 2018 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–1 Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Friendly24,959

United States women's national soccer team

Rentschler Field has also hosted several United States women's national soccer team's home games.

DateTeamsCompetitionAttendance
Aug. 1, 2004 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 3-1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Friendly15,093
July 14, 2007 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1–0 Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Friendly9,957
July 17, 2010 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 3–0 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Friendly5,570
October 23, 2012 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 2–2 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Friendly18,870
June 19, 2014 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 2–2 Flag of France.svg  France Friendly14,695
April 6, 2016 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 7–0 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Friendly21,792
July 29, 2018 United States  Flag of the United States.svg 1-1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2018 Tournament of Nations 21,570

Other Matches Hosted

DateTeamsCompetitionAttendance
July 27, 2004 Liverpool F.C. Flag of England.svg 5-1 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic F.C. Champions World Soccer Series Two 200424,271
July 16, 2013 Cuba  Flag of Cuba.svg 4–0 Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup 25,432
July 29, 2018 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 1–2 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2018 Tournament of Nations 13,027

Hartford Colonials

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2008
Rentschler Field scoreboard in 2010 ( Replaced with $1.7 mil, 28 ft X 73 ft w/ 15 HD pixel board in 2013) Rentschler Field Scoreboard.jpg
Rentschler Field scoreboard in 2010 ( Replaced with $1.7 mil, 28 ft X 73 ft w/ 15 HD pixel board in 2013)

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 the Virginia Destroyers.

DateOpponentResultScoreAttendance
Saturday, September 18, 2010 Sacramento Mountain Lions W27–1014,384
Saturday, October 9, 2010 Florida Tuskers L20–3314,468
Saturday, October 16, 2010 Omaha Nighthawks L14–1914,056
Saturday, November 20, 2010 Las Vegas Locomotives W27–1414,554

Lacrosse

On May 19, 2019, Rentschler Field hosted the Quarterfinals for the 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship. [13] In 2021 and 2022, Rentschler Field will host the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship for Divisions I, II, and III.

DateTournamentResultSpectators
May 19, 2019 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Quarterfinals Penn State 21-14 Loyola 8,568
Yale 19-18 (OT) Penn

Rugby union

Rentschler Field hosted its first rugby union match on July 3, 2004, when the USA Rugby union hosted France in front of 6,000 people. France would win 39-31. On June 4, 2005, Rentschler Field hosted two rugby union matches; Wales vs USA Rugby and the 2005 U.S. Rugby Super League Championship game, between New York Athletic Club Rugby Football Club and Belmont Shore RFC in front of 8,027. Wales would defeat the US 77-3 and NYAC would defeat Belmont Shore 23 to 19.

DateWinnerScoreOpponentLeagueCompetitionAttendance
July 3, 2004 France  Flag of France.svg39-31Flag of the United States.svg  United States IRB Friendly6,000
June 4, 2005 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg77-3Flag of the United States.svg  United States IRB Friendly8,027
June 4, 2005 NYAC Flag of the United States.svg 23-19 Flag of the United States.svg Belmont Shore USRSL Championship 8,027

Whalers Hockey Fest

On August 24, 2010, a fan event, called Whalers Fan Fest, occurred, featuring many of the former players, draws were close to 5,000 people on a Saturday afternoon.

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"Whale Bowl"

From February 11 to the 20th, 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, with an appearance from the Hanson Brothers, from the film Slap Shot (film), 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, along with the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slap Shot, [14] 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.

DateLeagueAway TeamHome TeamScoreAttendance
February 13, 2011 Atlantic Hockey Sacred Heart Pioneers (M) UConn Huskies (M) 3-11,911
Hockey East Providence Friars (W) UConn Huskies (W) 4-3153
February 15, 2011 NESCAC Wesleyan Cardinals (W) Trinity Bantams (W) 5-1100
NESCAC Wesleyan Cardinals (M) Trinity Bantams (M) 3-1820
February 19, 2011 Atlantic Hockey Army Black Knights (M) AIC Yellow Jackets (M) 4–11,142
NHL Alumni Boston Bruins Alumni Hartford Whalers Alumni 4–410,000
AHL Providence Bruins Connecticut Whale 5–4 (SO)21,673

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