UConn preparing to take on Michigan at Rentschler

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — What’s expected to be the biggest crowd ever for a UConn football game is expected at Rentschler Field Saturday.

The University of Michigan Wolverines are coming to UConn for the first time ever and preparations are underway in East Hartford.

The two teams met just once before, in Michigan, in a stadium that holds more than 100,000. It’s known as ‘The Big House.’

The first sign of what’s billed as the ‘winningest team in the history of college football,’ the team equipment truck, pulled up to Rentschler Field today.

With 11 national championships, Michigan has those bragging rights.

The Wolverines haven’t played a stadium as small as Rentschler Field since they played at Boston College more than 20 years ago.

However, for Connecticut this will be a record crowd with more than 42,000 expected.

Nearly 3,000 temporary seats have been installed in the end zone.

“We anticipate this to be probably the largest crowd, the most significant game in the stadium in a a very long time, if not the most in its history,” said Casey Heverling, Rentschler Field.

After losing to Maryland last week, the Huskies are 0 for 2 on the young season.

Despite what some might call a mismatch, ABC is planning to televise the game to the eastern half of the country.

A couple spotted checking out the field Friday is among the vanguard of fans coming from Michigan.

The couple lives a short distance from ‘The Big House.’

“What do they think of the Huskies’ chances?” asked News 8’s Mark Davis.

“On paper should be slim to none, but after Michigan’s performance last week, I have no idea,” said Rich Schneider.

By most accounts, Michigan played poorly last week, even though they beat Akron 28 to 24 in the end.

Unfortunately rain is expected by game time Saturday night so be sure to bring your weather gear. Umbrellas are not allowed.

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