Pratt & Whitney Stadium

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field opened in East Hartford on July 29, 2003. The opening marked a new milestone in efforts to revitalize the Hartford area and elevate the University of Connecticut football program to national status. The University of Connecticut is the state's largest public university with its main campus in Storrs and several branch campuses throughout the state.

Rentschler Field, named for Pratt & Whitney aircraft founder Frederick Rentschler, was built on a former airfield donated by the company. The facility, with close to 40,000 seats, serves as home field for the UConn Huskies and has hosted many other sports and entertainment events.

Rentschler Field was developed by the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. The facility was designed by the architectural firm Ellerbe Becket and the construction manager was Hunt/Gilbane.

  • In December of 2007, UTC offered the State an additional land donation of 65 usable acres which the State can develop as a permanent parking plan, with supporting infrastructure. Additional parking is being developed and is scheduled for completion in fall of 2011.
  • The Stadium was designed to meet or exceed NCAA Division 1-A requirements for football, and can also accommodate other grass-surface events such as soccer, rugby and lacrosse. Total stadium capacity is 40,642. The Stadium has been designed with expansion capacity for 50,000 seats.
  • An indoor club room can seat 400 people in a banquet setting and is available year-round for catered activities, group meetings and other functions.


The grass field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (Stadium) has reached the end of its useful life and CRDA has opted to strip and reseed the field rather than re-sod. The average life of a grass field is seven to ten years. Our original Stadium sod field was installed in 2003 when the Stadium first opened and it was replaced in 2011. Since that time, we have only re-sodded certain high-traffice areas. Organic material has built up over time in the sand layer beneath the grass, hampering root development and reducing the field's drainage capabilities.

Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Stadium on CRDA's behalf, solicited bids for the work and Sports Turf Specialties (STS) was selected as the preferred contractor. STS started work on April 23, 2018, stripping some three and a half inches of grass and other organic material from the field and then spread, 1,150 tons of sand, topped with Kentucky bluegrass seed. The field should be fully grown in time for our next event - the U.S. Women's Soccer double-header scheduled for July 29, 2018.

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