Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is a 38,000-seat, open-air facility located on the site of a former airfield in East Hartford.
Opened in 2003, the Stadium serves as the home field of the University of Connecticut Husky football program and hosts other athletic, cultural, entertainment and civic events throughout the year. Currently, the second largest natural grass facility in New England, the Stadium has also welcomed a variety of international soccer matches, as well as rugby and lacrosse tournaments.
The Stadium’s upper and lower bowls include 31,700 bench seats and 4,000 premium chair backs. A wide concourse, ringed by 20 concession stands and restroom facilities, separates the two bowls. Locker rooms, as well as the Stadium kitchen, administrative offices and storage, are located beneath the southeast side of the facility. The south side of the Stadium is framed by the “Tower”, a dramatic five-story structure which houses a 650-seat Club Room and 38 luxury suites, as well as press facilities and radio/TV broadcast rooms. The Club Room can seat up to 500 people in a banquet setting and is available year-round for catered events, corporate meetings and other functions.
Named for Frederick Rentschler, one of Pratt & Whitney’s founders, the Stadium site was donated to the State by Pratt’s parent company, United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”) in 2000. Additional land donations by UTC in 2007 and 2015 allowed the State to construct supplemental parking areas adjacent to the Stadium.
The Stadium is currently managed by Spectra Venue Management, which also manages the XL Center on behalf of CRDA.