WTIC1080
Air Quality Alert: The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for ground level ozone for parts of the state from 2 p.m. through 10 p,m, Read More

Top Spots

A Guide To Rentschler Field

April 16, 2014 4:17 AM

View Comments
Rentschler Field (credit: uconnhuskies.com)

Rentschler Field (credit: uconnhuskies.com)

rentweb A Guide To Rentschler Field

Rentschler Field (credit: uconnhuskies.com)

Since opening prior to the 2003 University of Connecticut football season, Rentschler Field, in East Hartford, has become Connecticut’s sports and entertainment stadium. It’s owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by Global Spectrum. The 40,000-seat stadium has served as the home of the UConn Huskies football team since it’s opening.

Besides being an ideal college football venue, it has a press-box for conferences and banquets, it has served as a concert venue for the likes of The Rolling Stones, a soccer venue for English Premier League teams and the USA men’s soccer team and during Tropical Storm Irene (2011), it was used as a relief center to distribute goods. There’s more than meets the eye. Take a look…

Getting there

From North
Take I-91 South toward Hartford to Exit 35A Route 291 South to I-84 West. Follow I-84 West to Exit 58, Roberts Street / Silver Lane. On the exit ramp, turn left and continue over I-84 and straight through the Silver Lane intersection into the Rentschler Field Main Gate.

From South
Take I-91 North toward Hartford to Exit 25, Route 3N. Merge left onto Route 3 North. Merge into left lane. Exit Route 3 North onto Route 2 West. Follow Route 2 West to Exit 5A Main Street. Merge onto Main Street and continue straight through the Brewer Street intersection Continue on Main Street and turn right into the Rentschler Field Willow Street Gate.

Blue & Gold season parking passes continue on route 2W to Exit 4. At bottom of ramp turn right onto east river drive and continue straight through the main street intersection onto silver lane to the Rentschler Field MAIN Gate or EAST Gate.

From Southwest
Take either I-84 East or I-91 North. Follow directions above from the South. From Route 15 North. Take Exit 91 – Silver Lane toward Roberts Street. Bear Right onto Silver Lane to the Rentschler Field Main Gate or East Gate.

From East
Via I-384:
Take Route 6 West or Route 44 West to I-384 West. Follow I-384 West toward Manchester. Take Exit 1, Spencer Street. Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Spencer Street. Follow Spencer Street onto Silver Lane in East Hartford. Follow Silver Lane to Rentschler Field East Gate.

Via I-84:
Take I-84 West toward Hartford to Exit 58, Roberts Street / Silver Lane. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Roberts Street and follow to Silver Lane. Merge into one lane and continue straight through Silver Lane intersection into the Rentschler Field Main Gate.

From Southeast
Take Route 2 West toward Hartford. Take Exit 5A, Main Street. Merge onto Main Street and continue straight through the Brewer Street intersection. Continue on Main Street to the Rentschler Field Willow Street Gate.

Blue & Gold season parking passes continue on route 2W to Exit 4. At bottom of ramp turn right onto east river drive and continue straight through the main street intersection onto silver lane to the Rentschler Field MAIN Gate or EAST Gate.

From West
Take I-84 East toward Hartford. Follow I-84 East to Exit 58, Roberts Street / Silver Lane. On the exit ramp, keep to the right and continue straight through the Silver Lane intersection into the Rentschler Field Main Gate.

Parking
Parking for football parking and general event parking varies in location and price. Gameday football parking is $15 for cars, $25 for RVs and $30 for buses. For more on UConn football parking, go to UConn Football Parking. For general event parking, visit: General Event Parking.

UConn vs. Pitt, Nov. 9, 2012 (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

UConn vs. Pitt, Nov. 9, 2012 (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tickets

At The Rent, individual tickets, group sales and/or luxury box tickets can be purchase either online or at the Rentschler Field Box Office, located on the southwest side of the stadium at Gate B. Tickets for events held at Rentschler Field may be purchased in advance at the Bushnell Theatre Box Office during normal Box Office hours. The Bushnell Theatre Box Office operates Monday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. The Rentschler Field Box Office sells tickets exclusively for the stadium on event days only and is not a Ticketmaster outlet. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets for events online through Ticketmaster, visit Rentschler Field Ticketing Information.

Will Call: The Will Call windows are located at Gate B, right near the game day box office. Will Call windows open three hours prior to kickoff and remain open through intermission (for football games). If you are picking up tickets purchased in advance, you must present a photo ID and credit card on which the tickets were purchased. There is no third party Will Call or alternate pickup accepted at the Rentschler Field Box Office.

rentschler field A Guide To Rentschler Field

Seating

Rentschler Field seats upwards of 40,000 people for UConn football and other sporting events. Hundreds more can fit for concerts when the field is used for additional seating. Here’s an Interactive Seating Chart.

(Photo Credit:  Jenneen Lee/WTIC Photo)

(Photo Credit: Jenneen Lee/WTIC Photo)

Food/Souvenirs

Like at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, the Rentschler Field concessions are managed by the Sodexo Company. The outside perimeter concourse level of the stadium has 17 concession stands located around it. Sixteen of those concession stands will have complete food preparation and vending availability while the other four are only equipped for vending. Aside from the typical food like pretzels, candy, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and more, Rentschler also offers a grille that serves sausage and peppers, chicken sandwiches, curly fries and pizza. Unlike in Storrs, alcohol is served inside the stadium. To purchase, one must first receive a bracelet by using a ID showing they are of age. For every item on the menu, check out Rentschler Field Concessions.

Additionally, as far as other concession areas, Rentschler Field has a variety of other options. The club level includes two bars, a concession stand, and a preparation area for the approximately 300 guests in that area. There are two novelty/merchandise stands located on the outside perimeter concourse level of the north side of the stadium.

Hotels

Area Hotels & Lodging

Clarion Suites Inn
91 Spencer Street
860.643.5811
Econo Lodge
490 Main Street
860.569.1100
Hilton Garden Inn
85 Glastonbury Blvd.
860.659.1025
Hilton Garden Inn Hartford
North/Bradley International
Airport

555 Corporate Drive
Windsor, CT 06095
860.688.6400
Holiday Inn
363 Roberts Street
860.528.9611
Holiday Inn Express
346 Kelly Road
Vernon, CT06066
860-648-2000
Homewood Suites
65 Glastonbury Blvd.
860.652.8111
Sheraton Hartford Hotel
100 East River Drive
860.528.9703
Residence Inn by Marriot
100 Dunfey Road
860-688-7474
Windsor, CT 06095

Hartford Hotels & Lodging

Comfort Inn & Suites
333 Roberts Street
860-289-4950
Crown Plaza
50 Morgan Street
860.549.2400
The Goodwin Hotel
1 Hayes Street
860.246.7500
Marriott Residence Inn
942 Main Street
860.524.5550
Hartford Hilton
315 Trumbull Street
860.728.5151
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Brainard Road, Hartford, CT
Reservations: 1-877- HOTEL CT
For everything happening at Rentschler Field, visit rentschlerfield.com.
- Michael Guerrera
View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 808 other followers