Discussion in 'UConn Football' started by Waquoit, Mar 13, 2014.
In 2016. Good, I guess.
Well at least they become an interest in supporting a larger stadium (more potential customers).
This is huge for East Hartford.
This could be amazing. I have always though a Patriots Place like center could give Rentschler a big draw.
I know that sometimes change is a good thing, and it probably is in this case, but I do miss the early days when that entire runway was available for parking, it was just a cool feeling to walk up the runway towards The Rent.
I'm totally indifferent. If it attracts more customers to football games, great. If it doesn't, I don't care at all.
WSJ story has some quotes and added info:
I don't see how it could be a bad thing. If it helps make the area a little more attractive, great. If it gets a few families to think to themselves, "Well, we can go to the football game earlier and then stop by and do some shopping in the afternoon!" as a more attractive option than just a football game, then awesome. Plus it increases the tax base. And maybe there will be a bar or restaurant or two for people to hang out at after the game if they want to avoid the traditional post-game traffic.
I like the bar angle for the post game.
it's good for local fans, visiting opponent fans, the community, everyone will benefit from this.
I see traffic on the weekends.
maybe a Kahoots.
Awesome news. Happy the deal is done. I follow economic development in Hartford and the region closely and this is huge news for East Hartford and the Silver Lane area. Right on the heals of Pratt's announced new HQ too. Good stuff all around. Many don't realize but the master plan for Rentschler Field is an absolutely massive mixed use area comprised of retail, housing, hotels, office space, etc. This has been a good couple of weeks towards that ultimate goal.
That would be a great place for a Dave and Buster's!
Not everybody likes to tail gate for hours. I don't cause I"m not much of a drinker. If it helps to pump money into the local economy, I'm all for it. There is a lot of land there that can be used for other things. Come to think of it, a nice 15k, seat Hockey/basketball arena wouldn't be bad there either.
For me personally, I've come to accept that the Rent is never going to fully feel like an on campus stadium/college football setting, so if this adds to the overall experience, then great.
This would be great. Get more of those upper-middle class CT families spending a whole day in the stadium area. A bar scene before/after the game would entice young adults and middle aged sports fans to stick around and build comraderie among fans. I like the move a lot.
If it adds to the overall experience, helps the local economy, and can boost game attendance even a little, then it's worth it.
The game day traffic really isn't that bad. I never have had much of an issue getting into or out of the Rent.
This is awesome. It will give the area a much better vibe. I could take my son to a game and let my wife and daughters shop and have lunch. I think it is a nice twist to bring more people to the stadium. It will also help the tailgating scene as many people will come party then hit the restaurants and bars if they don't have tickets. I think this will really help the game day environment.
If a 15k hockey/basketball arena there means more or all UConn games in East Hartford then this is an awful idea....Don't drag any more games away from Storrs
Good point. I just see throwing money at the XL center for renovations as a waste. The place has outlived its usefuleness.
I agree. I dont know what the solution is but I worry that the state will spend a ridiculous amount to refurbish the XL...or perhaps build a brand spanking new gem in East Hartford with the plan that UConn is a major tenant.
UConn needs a new 12-15k hoops arena and 4-5k hockey arena on campus....and whatever Hartford does shouldn't matter
The outlet thing is fine by me, I'm probably never going shopping before or after a game but it might give the wife and daughters something to do in a blowout, etc...
FYI Dave and Busters is building a huge facility in Manchester behind the Buckland Hills Mall.
Include a Co-Op and Dairy Bar as part of the development. Maybe even a Ted's. Win win win.
An arena in East Hartford for UConn bball and hockey would be a complete and utter disaster. That NEEDS to stay on campus.
If they want to put an 18K professional arena there, knock down the XL, and try to grab a pro team, go for it but there's a 0% chance the state and city of Hartford would ever let that happen.
It might be lame, it might be okay, it might be pretty great. As far as gameday, the driver still has to be winning football games. Do that and everything else follows.
Level some of the vacant plazas on Silver Lane too please.
Some? Is there more than one?
Please. Also, redevelop the old Showcase Cinemas land ASAP.
P.S. new arena belongs in Hartford, when/if it ever happens.
I think development like this is great for the area but I just worry about the parking shrinking as more gets built. I look at the map in the article and that looks a lot like a big chunk of red lot parking. If/When the stadium expands, where are all the cars gonna go? Maybe I just am off with my bearings?
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