Rentschler Field
Rentschler Field
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,097 contributions
Apr 2019
This stadium is a wonderful space for both football games and for other events (like job fairs and the Color Me Rad 5K). The seats are surprisingly spacious, with ample legroom and more comfort than I would have expected. The lawn is always well-maintained and clean. I've been inside for private events, and everything is clean and well-organized. You can tell how an organization values its activities by how well it takes care of the space, and clearly, UConn values both its football team (even though UConn is better known for basketball) and its representation as an institution dedicated to community events.
Written January 31, 2020
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Paul T
Shelton, CT223 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
My wife and I attended here for the USWNT soccer game against Columbia. First off the stadium itself is fairly nice, there are plenty of bathrooms and we sat in section 121 which had a great view of the field. Although note that if you aren't at the half way line you will be on bleacher seats. There are plenty of food options although don't bother trying to go at half time because you won't be able to move with all of the lines.

Now for the down side. It took us 45 minutes to get from the RT 84 exit to the stadium parking! Note that with no traffic this is a 3 minute drive. The traffic crawled from the exit all the way into the stadium, past the stadium and around to the back where the parking is. One of the main entrance/exits was closed off by police for no foreseeable reason. This stadium has by far one of the worst designs for parking I have ever seen. All the cars that arrive are funneled into 3 lanes that goes all the way around the stadium to the back. Then I got to park in a muddy field and pay $20 for the privilege.

The kickoff time was 7:00PM, but at that time when we were sitting in the gridlocked traffic next to the stadium on our way to parking around back it was maybe 25% full (note at game time it was about 75% full). Luckily for us the game was postponed for 35 minutes so we didn't miss anything, but this further confirms my point that it was very poorly managed. Two-thirds of the fans were not in the stadium at kickoff time forcing them to postpone the game!

Next I get my water bottles taken from me upon entry and charged $6 to buy one inside. What happened to just taking the caps off? Its a 2 hour soccer game not a concert.

After the game we stalled for about 30 minutes and took our time getting back to the car because I feared how long it would take to get out of there and my fears were confirmed after we had to crawl through the same gridlocked traffic through the same bottleneck of 3 lanes around the stadium and back out to the main road. Again, it took 45 minutes just to get out of the stadium parking lot. There were cops around but they did nothing to help with the traffic flow, and when we got to the main road they were not even directing traffic at the main light. So basically you have 20000 people exiting a stadium through 3 lanes, all waiting at a light. From the point that I could see the light we waited for about 6 cycles of light changes. Could the police not direct traffic at that light and give a little bit more priority to the people exiting the stadium?

Overall we had a good time at the game but the design of the stadium traffic flow and parking was an absolute nightmare. I have been to lots of games and concerts and this is by far the worst design I have ever seen. I can only suggest if you have to go to this hell hole to get there very very early, and then wait around, get some food and expect the game to be postponed. If you want to get out without waiting you really have no choice but to leave before the game ends. We stalled for 30 minutes which didn't help much and all the food vendors are closed as soon as the game ends. For the first time I actually understand tailgating both before and after the game.
Written April 7, 2016
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Kitty2267
South Windsor, CT36 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
Great stadium too bad it is so far from campus for the students but for those of us more local awesome place to watch a football game. When we arrived I thought the 15.00 parking fee was a bit high especially for students however when we left and so how people left the area with debris everywhere (and I do mean piles of trash everywhere) I understand why they have to charge so much to park. It's a shame how careless people are.
Written November 2, 2014
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Mrs-K-albany
Albany, NY517 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
Went to a USMNT Soccer Game here along with about 36,000 other fans.

Getting there: We left our hotel (supposedly by GPS an 18 minute ride) 1 ½ hours early to give ourselves time to get there, find our seats, and grab a bite to eat. What we did not know is that the Hartford police blocked off the easiest route to the stadium (rumor was the locals complained about too much traffic in their neighborhood) but only after you got part way up the street and then had to turn around and go back instead of just blocking the street at the intersection and routing people around. The great circle route they sent people on was ridiculous and added about 30 minutes to the ride. Parking at the field was $20 pretty standard for such a venue. As one member of our party was recovering from orthopedic surgery we were allowed to park in handicapped parking which is plentiful and very convenient (not that the parking staff even knew where it was- - -each one we asked said “I don’t know, as the guy up there.” Finally after about 5 such replies we finally found someone who had a clue where it was and pointed us in the general direction.)

The stadium itself is pretty standard. On the main level there is the usual assortment of fast food places featuring sandwiches, lots of fried options, nachos, hot dogs, burgers, chicken nuggets all for about the average stadium price of food. There were beer booths strategically placed across/next to every access point into the seating area. Conversely there was no way to buy a simple bottle of water without standing in line (the long lines) at the food outlets. If someone opened a water booth they would make a fortune! Rest rooms are plentiful and as clean as one can hope for in such an environment.

We were in the 200’s meaning upper tier. There was a good amount of room between the rows. The seats were just metal benches mounted on concrete. Luckily we had brought our stadium seats so we were OK. Seating on bare metal for an evening game in October can be VERY chilly. There were stadium seats for rent for a very reasonable $5. If you do not bring your own, definitely rent one. Otherwise it may be a very uncomfortable game.

Never having been to the stadium before we were NOT prepared for the process of leaving the game. We got to our car relatively quickly, and pulled out---about 10 feet. And there we sat for over 40 minutes. The place was totally grid locked, and while there were local police and State Troopers around they did absolutely nothing to help the traffic move. We finally realized why so many people were tail gating AFTER the game. . .they had been there before and knew it would take an hour or two to clear the traffic jam. We finally made our way back TOWARD the stadium and around the outside of the parking lot barriers to finally make it off the property – 1 hour and 10 minutes later. Be forewarned: if you are going to this stadium the parking and the traffic flow is terribly managed. After the game the best advice is to take a nap or tail gate until the traffic clears to save yourself a lot of aggravation and gas.
Written October 14, 2014
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MKY794
Boise, ID64 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
We traveled from Idaho to attend the BSU v UCONN football game. Every one we encountered was polite, fun and there to have a good time as we were. Even the event security people at the gate were the nicest and friendliest we have ever experienced at any football venue. We were VERY impressed with the stadium itself. The huge big screen was awesome! The leg room in the stands was extraordinary. Loved the convenience of being able to rent a stadium seat with a back on it for the very reasonable price of $5. The concession stands had yummy food also priced very affordable.
Written September 17, 2014
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Steamer65
Canaan, CT83 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
I wish that I could say that going to Rentschler Field has been a favorable experiance as of late, but it has not. I have been attending UConn Huskies Football games there since it has opened, have sat everywhere in the stadium except for skyboxes and have parked everywhere that the Rent as it's called has offered.
This is not to say that the facility is the cause of these unhappy moments, it's plain and simplely the Huskies. This team is going nowhere, especially this year, fast. So lets talk about the Rent.
40,000 seat facility that was plopped down in an old air strip. hence the name. The story goes someone was going to move an NFL team to this spot many moons ago because he was unhappy with the situation where he was. After CT attempted to woo him with candy and flowers, he backed out and stayed put in a new stadium north of here(im being sarcastic) So the UConn Huskies football team went Division 1 and away we went. I can't say they have had no success and have not had winning seasons, but it seems that has peaked with their bowl game apperances and is headed south right now.
Pretty much anywhere you sit, you have a great view, of course there are the 50 yard line chairback seats that cost a few bucks more, but seeing this team is 0-7 this year those prices May be coming down fast, search around. Prices have increased over 10 years from $20 to $40 but what has not? These are bench seats, the chairbacks go into the $50,$60 dollar range and sometimes come with a parking pass still not unbearable for a college game. Food wise no differant than any other event. The standards, Nachos,Chicken fingers,Firies,Burgers, Popcorn, Soda, water and of course Beer. Prices are pretty much standard, your gonna pay more when you go through the gate. There are some specialty food vendors over near scoreboard. Cupcakes, fried doe and others that give you a few other options. Vendors with shirts,hats,balls and other UConn huskies gear are located in the 4 corners first level. Also even though this is a College Football game your gonna get your load mouths with somewhat vulger language. Im sorry but you never know who you will be behind, in front of or side by side, so be aware if you bring young kids.
Bathrooms are clean and never really backed up, the 0-7 could be the reason.
One of the biggest things I have leaned is parking. Pay for a pass, Blue,Grey or whatever parking pass you can get your hands on, check Ebay, Stub hub, it's well worth it. Otherwise you will be hiking a long way, remember this was an airfield. Also in the general parking it's a little more messy and a little more wacky. the last game me and the family went to I had a grey parking pass, got it on e-bay for 25 bucks, blues ran more. also keep in mind this is New England,the weather here is completly unpredictable. you buy your tickets in August for a game in October be prepared, October has not been a great month here in the Northeast. It could be 80 degrees and sunny or 30 and raining.Plenty of State Police presents at games, night games are also a blast. If you get there early, tailgate. If you get done tailgating early take a walk to Cabelas. all and all it's still an inexpensive day to go see a college football game. I realize it's going to take a lot to make CT more than a College Basketball State, maybe years. But on a nice October Saturday afternoon it worth it.
Written October 29, 2013
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Escape49993028583
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Awful time. We went for the US Mens National Soccer game. Entry into stadium was a mess, walking thru the consessions was dangerously congested and the parking was a Mad Max Fury Road free for all. Only a single exit for 30,000+ fans. No parking control, no police road guidance. Plan on staying for at least 3 hours after a game to get out safely. This is why pro sports in CT is lacking. Its faster and cheaper to drive to Union in PA than this place.

Other places have well organized and managed entry and exit flows. Go to those places. Be safe and full of joy.
Written October 14, 2023
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Mrs Fine
Connecticut4 contributions
Oct 2019 • Business
Love the games here whether win or lose. Great food and drinks. You gotta try the homemade liquor. Great ticket prices.
Written October 9, 2019
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MeridenTW
Meriden, CT181 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Most events we've attended have involved UCONN Football, some of them have been small, and held inside the private banquet facility overlooking the field.

True, access and parking to the games can be a nightmare, though tailgating can bypass most of the problems. One annoying traffic flow issue is the use of hundreds of orange cones earmarking the lanes, while police and attendants oversee, coming and going. I often wonder about those "over indulgers" trying to navigate the exit process.

One issue we suggest solved, is the rest rooms initially made available pregame for tailgaters, did not last long, and no longer available.
Written June 18, 2019
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Jerandnanc
Hartford, CT309 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The facility is well cared for. The seats we had were bleacher-type but had plenty of legroom. Having a stadium seat was helpful. There were numerous food vending areas and we were surprised that the concessions were open until the end of the soccer game. There were plenty of bathroom facilities though the half-time rush would stress any bathroom. There was plenty of security around.

The only problem we had was accessing the facility off of interstate 84. It took us a half an hour to move perhaps a half a mile. Plan ahead and try and get there more than a half an hour before the start of the game.
Written October 17, 2018
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