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Rentschler Field
Location 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118
Coordinates 41°45′35″N 72°37′8″W / 41.75972°N 72.61889°W / 41.75972; -72.61889Coordinates: 41°45′35″N 72°37′8″W / 41.75972°N 72.61889°W / 41.75972; -72.61889
Broke ground 2000
Opened August 30, 2003
Owner State of Connecticut
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $91.2 million
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Capacity 40,000
University of Connecticut (NCAA) (2003-present)
Hartford Colonials (UFL) (2009-present)

Rentschler Field is a stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of the University of Connecticut Huskies. Starting in the fall of 2010, it will be 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. It holds 40,000 people and can be expanded. Connecticut played on campus at Memorial Stadium in Storrs, before 2003.

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 Brant Rentschler, who founded the aircraft arm of Pratt & Whitney and later founded its current 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. The company's contributions were not restricted to the airfield; it also allows the use of 100 acres (40 ha) of its corporate campus in East Hartford for game-day parking.

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 stadium hosts major concerts (such as Bruce Springsteen, the first artist to play the stadium, in 2003, The Rolling Stones in 2005 and The Police in 2007), and international soccer and rugby union matches. In addition, the Bollywood movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna used the field as the location of the soccer game in the opening scene of the movie. It is owned by the state of Connecticut and is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which replaced Madison Square Garden, L.P. as operators for the 2007 season.


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