Last week, UConn released a slew of information pertaining to the gameday experience at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, among them a Randy Edsall Burrito Bowl at concession stands and charging stations around the concourse.
A few more major additions were announced Wednesday afternoon. Former ESPN basketball analyst Andy Katz will be the new game day host and there will be even more new concession items available including, most notably, a Chick-fil-A.
This is a big win for Husky fans, both in the food department and the sideline reporting department. Chick-fil-A is extraordinary stuff and the closest one from Storrs is about a 45-minute drive away. As far as stadium fare goes, it would be hard to beat their fried chicken sandwich with waffle fries. The additional new offerings are fried pickle chips, bacon jalapeno mac & cheese, and Chowder Pot clam chowder.
As far as the upgrade in sideline reporter, it’s incredible that a man who was doing major college basketball studio shows for ESPN is hosting games for our humble football team. Andy Katz is a top-notch analyst and is not unfamiliar with UConn Football. He also worked for the American Digital Network at the conference’s football media day. With all respect to anyone who has had the job prior, he is a huge name to have associated with the Husky program in this way.
The football team’s efforts to win over fans extend beyond game day. Earlier in the day, Randy Edsall took to the Dairy Bar truck to give away ice cream to the students.
Continuing to prep for the game, but time for a quick break. Come join me for some @UConnDairyBar ice cream at noon at the Husky statue!— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) August 30, 2017
It’s nice to see a program that knows it lost its way a little bit try and is making the effort off the field to attract fans. They won’t come all the way back, or start growing, until there is a moderately successful product on the field, but these steps are a good indicator for the care the administration puts into the overall fan experience.