Who's coming to Connecticut this weekend for the 8pm prime time showdown with the Huskies? I just bought my tickets so I am pretty excited. As my user name suggests I am from Massachusetts but I've also lived in the great state of Connecticut for 8 of my 30 years. Therefore, I'd like to impart some of my wisdom for visitors:
- Rentschler Field is in East Hartford about a half hour west of UConn's campus in Storrs. Don't show up to Storrs looking for the football game. They won't be able to help you.
- Liquor stores in CT close early and often. Back in the day it was 8 pm but I think they've extended that to 10 or 11 depending on the town/store. Bring a couple forms of ID. I've seen an Army veteran denied service because he didn't have a backup for his military ID.
- The Basketball Hall of Fame is a 20 minute ride up I-91 in Springfield, MA. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are each about 45 minutes from the Rent.
- I don't recommend spending too much time in Hartford proper but City Steam is an excellent brew pub. New Haven and in particular the area around Yale is a better bet for bars and restaurants. It's about 30 minutes south of Hartford.
- There's a weird quirk in the state that I call The Connecticut Lip. Basically all parking lots are raised slightly above the level of the street creating a lip of concrete. It acts as a sort of a speedbump. See if you notice it.
- I've only been to the Rent once and that was for lacrosse. It's easy to find off of I-84 but it's small and parking was disorganized even for a crowd that was much less than capacity. The upside? They are off-campus so they can serve beer.
- Of course no discussion of CT Football would be complete without the obligatory column from the Westport Patch. The Nutmegger's guide to a "Southern Tailgator":
See you at the Rent. I'll be the tailgate with the "freshly fallen leaves scattered about, pine cones, and twigs." You''ll have all day to come say hi. Go Blue!