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Hartford is a great place for watching sports as well as being home to many wonderful recreational opportunities due to its wonderful location.
Basketball: The UCONN Huskies Men's and Women's Basketball teams call the Hartford Civic Center there home away from home. The Civic Center hosts numerous UCONN Basketball games. In 2004, 2005 and again in 2006 the Civic Center will host the Big East Women's Basketball Championship. In 2004 the Civic Center hosted the NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Championship East Regional
Ice Skating: The Hartford Civic Center hosts numerous on ice shows such as Disney on Ice: Monster's Inc, Smucker's Stars on Ice and John Hancock's Champions on Ice and in October 2006 will host the U.S. Figure Skating Association's Smart Ones Skate America event
Football: The UCONN Huskies Football team plays all home foorball games at the brand new Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Rentschler Field is a new sports and entertainment stadium just over the Connecticut River in East Hartford. The 40,000 seat stadium hosts UCONN Football games, concerts (Bruce Springstein last year), conferences, banquets and special events. The stadium was built on the former Pratt & Whitney airfield and surrounded by a future major redevelopment project that will create essentially a whole new "town" that will be home to offices, residential units, hotels, stores and even a man made lake.
Directions to Rentschler Field in East Hartford from Downtown Hartford: Take I-84East towards and continue over the Bulkley Bridge into East Hartford to exit 58 (Roberts Street/ Silver Lane. On the exit ramp keep right and continue straight through Silver Lane into the Rentschler Field Main Gate
Baseball: New Britain, CT is home to the Minnesota Twins affiliate New Britain Rock Cats who have played baseball in New Britan for 30+ years. The Rock Cats play at New Britan Stadium (Opened 1996) which is a 6.146 seat ballpark that has 12 luxury skyboxes, three picnic areas, a video message center and a 65 foor electronic scoreboard.
Directions to New Britan Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britan, CT (About 13 miles from Downtown Hartford): Take I-84W to Exit 39A (Route 9 South). On Route 9 South take exit 25 (Ellis Street). Turn left at light onto Ellis Street, take left at next light onto South Main Street. The stadium is one mile on right
Crew: The Connecticut River in Hartford is the home of the community rowing program which is where private and public high schools with crew teams come to practice daily in the fall. The CT River in Hartford is also host to many crew competitions that draw rowers from all over the country and from all over the area.
Riverfront Recapture: A network of parks and public recreational facilities along the CT River that keeps growing and improving each year. Completed areas include:
Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Hartford: Landscaped plaza that spans I-91 to reconnect downtown with the river and connects with the Founders Bridge Promenade which is a walkway that connects Hartford & East Hartford. The plaza includes a permanent stage, canopy with a lawn amphitheater that can seat 2,000 and a boat dock
Charter Oak Landing in Hartford, CT: Located just south of Downtown by the Colt Building, the landing includes a boat dock for excursion boats, a public boat launch, paved & lighted riverwalks, picnic areas and a wharf for tall ships
Riverside Park in Hartford, CT: A restored park just north of Downtown that includes a public boat launch, crew docks, riverwalks, picnic areas and the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse which is home to community rowing program
Great River Park in East Hartford, CT: Just southeast of Downtown the park features a public boat launch, amphitheater that seats 350, picnic area, and a riverwalk where people can now cross over to the Charter Oak Landing
University of Hartford Hawks: The University is home to men's baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis track and volley ball. Basketball games are played on campus (196 Bloomfield Avenue on the Hartford/West Hartford border) at the Chase Arena which is one of the top facilities in the American East Conference, Soccer, Lacrosse and Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and soon Baseball games will all be played on campus.
Directions to the University of Hartford from Downtown Hartford: Take Asylum Street all the way into the West End to Scarborough Street, take a right on Scarborough Street and follow until end. At end take left on Albany Avenue/ Route 44 and at next light take slight right onto Bloomfield Avenue. At the 2nd light will be the University of Hartford.
Trinity College in Hartford, CT: one of America's premier liberal arts colleges is home to men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and wrestling and women's basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Trinity is home to the Ferris Atheletic Center (George A. Keller Squash Center, Ray Oosting Gymnasium, Natatorium-pool, indoor rowing facility, track, indoor tennis courts, wrestling room), Jesse/Miller Field (football), Robin L Sheppard Field (field hockey, lacrosse) and the new Community Sports Complex (Hockey)
Directions to Trinity College from Downtown Hartford: Pick up Washington Street by the Bushnell and State Capital and go for 8 traffic lights (1.1 miles, you will past Hartford Hospital on left). At 8th light take right onto New Britan Avenue and go .3 miles to the next traffic light at Broad Street, take right onto Broad till the Trinity College gate
Sking: There are ski areas in Connecticut that are great for day trips during the winter season
Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, CT: 107 skiable acres on 350 acres of scenic state forest. Mohawk features 5 lifts and 24 trails. To get to Mohawk from Hartford take I-84W to Exit 39 (Route 4 Farmington). Follow Route 4 West to the Mountain- 32 Miles
Mount Southington in Southington, CT: 14 trails and 7 lifts on 50 acres. To get to Mount Southington from Hartford take I-84W to Exit 30, take a right off exit and follow signs
Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT: 15 trails and 4 lifts on 65 acres in northwestern CT. Ski Sundown will also be the home of the 2006 Connecticut Senior Winter Games. To get to Ski Sundown from Hartford take Route 44West to Route 219 in New Hartford (You will go through Hartford, West Hartford, Simsbury, Avon). Turn right onto Route 219 N and go 1 1/2 miles to Ratlum Road and ski area is .5 miles on right.
Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury, CT: 17 trails, and 5 lifts on 150 acres in Western CT. Woodbury has a cross country ski area across the street, a six course tubing hill, an indoor and outdoor skate park and snow bikes. To get to Woodbury from Hartford take I-84W to Exit 17. Merge on CT 64/Chase Parkway, then turn slight right onto US-6/ Main St. Turn left onto Washington Rd/CT-47 and ski area is 4 miles on left