College Stadium Review: Rentschler Field

When thinking about the UConn Huskies, basketball first comes to mind. As well it should since the men’s and women’s basketball programs have made winning NCAA Tournaments look easy over the last couple of decades. But UConn is also making great strides with their football program in that time.
Rentschler Field opened in 2003 for the Huskies football team. It holds 40,000 Husky fans for fall Saturdays while the football team hosts the best college football programs in the American Athletic Conference.
Since moving into Rentschler Field, the Huskies have made it to five bowl games, the last one being the Fiesta Bowl in 2010. The Huskies won the Papa John’s Bowl in 2009 over SEC power South Carolina 20-7 for what might be their biggest victory in UConn football history.
Since moving to the AAC, things have not gone so well for the Huskies, but at Rentschler Field they can still be dangerous as the two time defending AAC Champion UCF Knights found out last season. The powerful Knights have one AAC loss in the last two seasons and it came at Rentschler Field when the Huskies beat them 37-29.
If you are a “foodie” you’d have a tough time finding better concessions for a college football game than what you will find at Rentschler Field. Not only can you enjoy beer at the games such as Sam Adams, they have Texas Road House at the concourse in one of the end zones. If southwestern is more your thing, you can visit Tamales for some Mexican food or The Q for some barbecue ribs. Of course they also have a wide selection of other tasty treats like burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, grilled chicken sandwiches and flat bread pizzas. You can eat your fill while watch a great football game.
Graphic via powerhawke
Rentschler Field is located in East Hartford about 20 miles off campus. There is not much of a neighborhood surrounding Rentschler Field but the tailgating near the stadium will give you plenty to do in the hours before kickoff. Traffic getting in and out is also very easy to navigate.
The UConn schedule at Rentschler Field for 2015 has Villanova, Army, Navy, USF, East Carolina and Houston. Having the two service academies come in to town is always a great sight to see as the uniformed students will make those two weekends very patriotic. USF, ECU and Houston are always great draws as well. Those are some of the most exciting offenses year in and year out.
Be sure to get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on all the great college football action in 2015. Don’t delay!
Graphic via stadiumandarenavisits

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