|Former names||Rentschler Field (2003–2015)|
|Location||615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118|
|Owner||State of Connecticut|
|Capacity||38,066 (standing room to 40,000, expandable to at least 42,704)|
|Record attendance||42,704 (Sept. 2013)|
|Broke ground||October 21, 2000|
|Opened||August 30, 2003|
|Construction cost|| $91.2 million|
($124 million in 2018 dollars )
|Structural engineer||BVH Integrated Services|
|Services engineer||Diversified Technology Consultants|
|General contractor||Hunt-Gilbane Joint Venture|
| Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) (2003–present) |
Hartford Colonials (UFL) (2009–2010)
Hartford Athletic (USLC) (2019-present)
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. 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.
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 is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 51,252 at the 2010 census.
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 controlling 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 control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. 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.
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 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 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. As of 2014, the company reported having 31,500 employees supporting more than 11,000 customers in 180 countries around the world. In 2013, Pratt & Whitney's revenue totaled $14.5 billion.
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.
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.
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.
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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. It serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). In 2012, it also became the home stadium for the football program of the University of Massachusetts (UMass), while on-campus Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium was undergoing renovations. Gillette will continue to host higher attended home games.
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).
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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.In return, Pratt and Whitney donated additional land that will be used for game day parking.
The Connecticut Huskies football team has an all time 60–43 record at Rentschler Field.
|September 13, 2003||Boston College||L 14-24||40,000|
|November 8, 2003||Rutgers||W 38-31||40,000|
|September 11, 2004||Duke||W 22-20||40,000|
|September 25, 2004||Army||W 40-3||40,000|
|September 30, 2004||Pittsburgh||W 29-17||40,000|
|October 13, 2004||#17 West Virginia||L 19-31||40,000|
|October 23, 2004||Temple||W 45-31||40,000|
|November 20, 2004||Buffalo||W 29-0||40,000|
|September 1, 2005||Buffalo||W 38-0||40,000|
|September 10, 2005||Liberty||W 59-0||40,000|
|October 7, 2005||Syracuse||W 26-7||40,000|
|October 22, 2005||Rutgers||L 24-26||40,000|
|November 26, 2005||South Florida||W 15-10||40,000|
|December 3, 2005||#16 Louisville||L 20-30||40,000|
|September 16, 2006||Wake Forest||L 13-24||40,000|
|September 30, 2006||Navy||L 17-41||40,000|
|October 20, 2006||#4 West Virginia||L 11-37||40,000|
|November 11, 2006||Pittsburgh||W 46-453OT||40,000|
|October 19, 2007||Louisville||W 21-17||40,000|
|October 27, 2007||#11 South Florida||W 22-15||40,000|
|November 3, 2007||Rutgers||W 38-19||40,000|
|November 17, 2007||Syracuse||W 30-7||40,000|
|September 13, 2008||Virginia||W 45-10||40,000|
|October 25, 2008||Cincinnati||W 40-16||40,000|
|November 1, 2008||West Virginia||L 35-13||40,000|
|October 17, 2009||Louisville||W 38-25||40,000|
|November 28, 2009||Syracuse||W 56-31||40,000|
|October 2, 2010||Vanderbilt||W 40-21||40,000|
|October 29, 2010||West Virginia||W 16-13OT||40,000|
|November 27, 2010||Cincinnati||W 38-17||40,000|
|September 21, 2013||#15 Michigan||L 24-21||42,704|
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.Hartford Athletic will play five 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 currently undergoing a complete reconstruction and will serve as the new home of USL Championship club Hartford Athletic.
Hartford Athletic is an American professional soccer team based in Hartford, Connecticut. The club was founded in 2018 and plans to begin playing in the USL Championship in 2019. 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and former Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen will be the head coach of the team.
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.
|May 4, 2019|| Hartford Athletic ||-|
|May 10 , 2019|| Hartford Athletic ||-|
|May 25, 2019|| Hartford Athletic ||-|
|June 1, 2019|| Hartford Athletic ||-|
|June 8, 2019|| Hartford Athletic ||-|
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.
|September 23, 2017|| New York City FC ||MLS||10,165|
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.
|August 18, 2005|| United States ||Friendly||25,488|
|May 30, 2006|| United States ||Friendly||22,455|
|May 25, 2010|| United States ||Friendly||36,000|
|July 16, 2013|| United States ||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup||25,432|
|October 10, 2014|| United States ||Friendly||36,265|
|July 1, 2017|| United States ||Friendly||28,754|
|October 16, 2018|| United States ||Friendly||24,959|
Rentschler Field has also hosted several United States women's national soccer team's home games.
|Aug. 1, 2004|| United States ||Friendly||15,093|
|July 14, 2007|| United States ||Friendly||9,957|
|July 17, 2010|| United States ||Friendly||5,570|
|October 23, 2012|| United States ||Friendly||18,870|
|June 19, 2014|| United States ||Friendly||14,695|
|April 6, 2016|| United States ||Friendly||21,792|
|July 29, 2018|| United States ||2018 Tournament of Nations||21,570|
|July 27, 2004|| Liverpool F.C. ||Champions World Soccer Series Two 2004||24,271|
|July 16, 2013|| Cuba ||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup||25,432|
|July 29, 2018|| Japan ||2018 Tournament of Nations||13,027|
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.
|Saturday, September 18, 2010||Sacramento Mountain Lions||W||27–10||14,384|
|Saturday, October 9, 2010||Florida Tuskers||L||20–33||14,468|
|Saturday, October 16, 2010||Omaha Nighthawks||L||14–19||14,056|
|Saturday, November 20, 2010||Las Vegas Locomotives||W||27–14||14,554|
On May 19, 2019, Rentschler Field will host the Quarterfinals for the 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship.In 2021 and 2022, Rentschler Field will host the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship for Divisions I, II, and III.
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.
|July 3, 2004|| France ||39-31||IRB||Friendly||6,000|
|June 4, 2005|| Wales ||77-3||IRB||Friendly||8,027|
|June 4, 2005|| NYAC ||23-19||USRSL||Championship||8,027|
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.
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,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.
|Date||League||Away Team||Home Team||Score||Attendance|
|February 13, 2011||Atlantic Hockey||Sacred Heart Pioneers (M)||UConn Huskies (M)||3-1||1,911|
|Hockey East||Providence Friars (W)||UConn Huskies (W)||4-3||153|
|February 15, 2011||NESCAC||Wesleyan Cardinals (W)||Trinity Bantams (W)||5-1||100|
|NESCAC||Wesleyan Cardinals (M)||Trinity Bantams (M)||3-1||820|
|February 19, 2011||Atlantic Hockey||Army Black Knights (M)||AIC Yellow Jackets (M)||4–1||1,142|
|NHL Alumni||Boston Bruins Alumni||Hartford Whalers Alumni||4–4||10,000|
|AHL||Providence Bruins||Connecticut Whale||5–4 (SO)||21,673|
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The college football rivalry between the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island dates back to the 1890s and was born largely out of proximity, with the schools being less than 60 miles apart. The schools competed in all sports for decades as members of the Yankee Conference. Even though UConn became a charter member of the Big East in 1979, the schools continued to compete in football at the I-AA level as members of the Atlantic 10. The yearly games ended after UConn left the A-10 to move to I-A football in 2000.
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The 2017 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They played their home games at Rentschler Field. They were led by head coach Randy Edsall in his first year of his second stint and thirteenth year overall. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in AAC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the East Division.
The 2018 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They played their home games at Rentschler Field. They were led by head coach Randy Edsall in his second year of his second stint and 14th year overall. They finished the season 1–11, 0–8 in AAC play to finish in last in the East Division. They set the single-season FBS record for most yards and most points allowed in a single season. This included giving up 50.42 points per game and allowed 617.4 yards per game.
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