UCONN Football & Rentschler Field

We spend a lot of time training for athletics, traveling to events, and competing in them. Rarely do we watch. Most of our races don’t have four hours of tailgaiting preceeding them. Alcohol isn’t served till afterwards and there usually isn’t a band or cheerleaders.

UCONN Football kicks off at Rentschler Field.

However, last night, we went to the University of Connecticut Football game. UCONN played the University of Maine at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field. Since Horst Engineering’s main plant (world headquarters) is located in East Hartford, I follow the local politics and play close attention to the economy. We pay a lot of property taxes in East Hartford and I like to know that economic development is a focus of the town. It was a big deal when Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation, donated land to the State of Connecticut so that this premier facility could be built. Rentschler Field got its name when it was an active airfield in the days when the United Aircraft Corporation included the organizations that became Boeing, United Airlines, and Pratt. It is named after Frederick Rentschler, one of the founders of Pratt & Whitney.

The band played on.

It is debatable whether multi-million dollar stadiums generate a positive economic impact for their communities, especially when the taxpayers are asked to subsidize the cost. I didn’t worry too much last night. I enjoyed the festivities at “The Rent” and enjoyed the game too, as UCONN drubbed Maine. A lot of other people had a good time too. Now, if we could only get this many people (inlcluding the band and cheerleaders) to show up and support us at one of our upcoming running or cycling races!

Usually no cheerleaders at bike races.

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