The UConn football team's 12-year-old home is getting a name alteration for the first time, as well as an important addition on the outside.
UConn announced Thursday Rentschler Field will be renamed Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
As part of the agreement, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Pratt & Whitney's parent company, is donating 10 acres of land to the State of Connecticut for additional parking at the stadium.
According to the release, UTC will offer an easement for the donation of an additional 15 acres next to current stadium parking, extending UTC's stadium naming rights through 2030.
The announcement came at a ground-breaking ceremony for Pratt & Whitney's planned 425,000-foot global headquarters and engineering building at its East Hartford campus. The campus is located next to the stadium, which is named for the old Pratt & Whitney airfield it stands over. The stadium has been known simply as Rentschler Field since it opened in 2003.
UConn begins the 2015 season Sept. 3 against Villanova at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.