The University of Connecticut Huskies fielded its first football team in 1896. The program was a perennial conference championship contender first in the New England Athletic Conference and then the Yankee Conference. UConn made its first Div I-AA playoffs in 1998 in its 100th season, and 1999 won its first game against a Div I-A team, beating Buffalo 23-0. The UConn Huskies would beat a Big East team for the first time in 2001, and play their first bowl game in 2004, where they routed Mid-American Conference Champs Toledo 39-10 in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit behind the leadership of MVP Quarterback Dan Orlovsky. This gradual success is recognized as the fastest progression from Div I-AA to Div I-A in college football history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for UConn Huskies football tickets.
2013 UConn Season Preview
After finishing 5-7 in back-to-back seasons, the Connecticut Huskies have retooled their coaching staff. Head coach Paul Pasqualoni returns, but he has brought in a new offensive and defensive coordinator to a program that he took over two seasons ago. The Huskies will have to replace four of their top players on defense after their departure to the NFL and the offense will need improve dramatically after finishing 118th in college football in scoring. Junior running back Lyle McCombs remains the catalyst for the Huskies’ offense and will be looked to once again to carry the team after eclipsing 2,000 yards through his first two seasons. Connecticut will host Maryland, Michigan, and Rutgers in 2013 in what is shaping up to be a huge season for Pasqualoni.
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UConn Huskies Football at Rentschler Field Address: 615 Silver Ln, East Hartford, Connecticut, 06118
The Connecticut Huskies play their home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The stadium holds 40,000 spectators and was opened in 2003. It was designed to be expandable, and with UConn’s recent success will likely hold more in the future. A game at Renschler Field is an unforgettable experience. Witnessing the rabid fans of such a growing program support their team makes it nearly impossible not to root with them. The UConn Huskies home bench is on the Rentschler Field sideline with sections 117-125. Rentschler Field parking information is covered in our Huskies event guide.
Connecticut vs. Rutgers
Despite lacking the historical moments of some of the other major college football rivalries, this series has quietly been one of the hardest fought since 2000. In that period the game has been decided by less than 6 points over 5 times, it has seen missed last-second field goals, unbelievable touchdown catches, and developed into a thrilling back and forth battle that is among the best in the Northeast.
Connecticut Huskies in the BCS National Championship and Bowl Games
The boys from the Big East are one of the most recent programs to join the Division 1-A system (joined in 2002) but have definitely made a splash since their introduction. Becoming a member of the Big East in 2004, the UConn Huskies have won the Big East Conference Title more than once as well as a few bowl games along the way. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games.
UConn Huskies Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Connecticut Huskies home game?
Gates to Rentscheler Field open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Also, there is no re-entry into Rentschler Field so be sure to bring everything you need as you will not be readmitted once you leave.
Where can I park at Rentschler Stadium?
The parking lot open 4 hours prior to the start of the game. The best gameday parking for non-parking pass holders is south and west of the stadium in the red or game day lots. The closest of these is off of Airport Ave. just north of Hobbs road but arrive early as this lot will fill up first. The parking fees are $30 for buses, $25 for RV’s and $15 for cars. Note: All parking lots close 2 hours after the event.
What is the best place to sit for a Connecticut Huskies football game?
Sections 138 through 104 are closest to the field and run parallel to the visitor sidelines. Premium sections with seat backs are located in sections: 141, 100, 101, 120, 121 & 122 of the lower bowl and in sections 242, 200, 201, 223, 224 and 225 of the upper bowl.
What is the best gameday tradition at a Huskies football home game?
The HuskyWalk is a recent tradition where the players get off their bus and walk through a crowd of fans to get hyped up one their way to stadium before the game.