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.