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Arute Field

New Britain, CT

Home of the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils

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Arute Field (map it)
1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050


Central Connecticut State Blue Devils website

Arute Field website

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 5,500

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CCSU Football at Arute Field

Central Connecticut State University is a school with 11,000 students in New Britain, Connecticut, located just outside of Hartford. CCSU is Connecticut’s oldest publicly funded university, having been founded in 1849. The Blue Devils play in the Northeast Conference, which consists of schools located from Maryland to Rhode Island.

Jack Arute Sr. was the owner of one of Connecticut’s largest construction firms in the 1960’s. He was also an active member of the New Britain community, and through his dealings with the administration at Central Connecticut State University, became one of the school’s biggest boosters. Upset that the state government would not approve funding for a new football stadium, Arute took matters into his own hands, literally, and used his own funds and manpower to build the original Arute Field in the 1950’s. The present incarnation of Arute Field is actually the third stadium to bear his name. All three versions have been located on campus.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Arute Field has only one concession stand, with four windows at which you can order from the limited menu. The basics are covered here, with hot dogs ($3), pretzels ($2), and Coke products ($2) featured on the menu. Even with such a small menu, the folks at Arute Field still manage to provide the fans here with some variety, as patrons can order a pulled pork sandwich ($5), pickles ($1), or the rarely seen in northern states Frito Pie ($3). Lines are short throughout the game, even at halftime.

For those fans feeling a little more adventurous, CCSU invites a different local food truck to sell their wares at each game. Unfortunately, these trucks are relegated to a far corner of Arute Field, and many fans may not even know of their presence. If you desire anything more than a hot dog or a snack, searching out the week's featured food truck is worth the effort.

Those wishing to purchase some Blue Devils gear will be pleased to find a small shack with assorted CCSU memorabilia located on the main concourse. A popular item is the CCSU seat cushions, a must for any stadium with metal bleachers.

Atmosphere    3

Big-time college football is not played at Central Connecticut. Still, many of the elements of a traditional college football Saturday are present at Arute Field. The CCSU band is out in force, accompanied by the dance squad and the cheerleading squad. Since the stands at Arute Field are several feet above the playing field, the cheerleaders sit in the stands and get up to perform cheers in the walkway in front of the stands at appropriate times throughout the game. The band and dance squad sit in the visitor's grandstand, and so their noise is lost for the most part.

The atmosphere around the game at Arute Field is laid back and low key, to be certain. There is a lot of room to spread out and walk around if you choose, and it is easy to take in the game from several different vantage points throughout an afternoon. There are no crowds to contend with, even with a good sized crowd in attendance. For a stadium of this size, there is a very large contingent of event staff working the game. For the most part they are CCSU staff, and seem to be enjoying an afternoon of football as much as the fans are.

Neighborhood    2

Central Connecticut State University is located in a residential neighborhood on the northeastern edge of New Britain, a suburban city of 73,000 people located 12 miles from Hartford. Arute Field is located on the eastern edge of campus, directly off of route 9. Given its location on campus, there are not a great deal of options as far as eating and drinking establishments in the immediate vicinity of CCSU. However, there are hidden treasures to be found in the area for the adventurous Blue Devil fan.

Fans wanting a unique experience before or after a CCSU game should check out the East Side Restaurant, a German-themed pub complete with staff in traditional Bavarian gear and all the bratwurst you could possibly desire.

For a twist on a traditional American dish, visit Ted's Steamed Hamburgers in nearby Cromwell. Their method of cooking hamburgers in steam trays is unique to central Connecticut, and Ted's has been featured on several travel shows such as Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Fans    3

Arute Field certainly seems to be a popular destination on a fall afternoon in central Connecticut. The student body turns out in force, and the alumni association makes their presence known, both with an impressive tailgating spread in the parking lot and a reception tent inside the stadium.

There are an abundance of families scattered throughout the crowd, and there is room behind the end zones at Arute Field for youngsters to stretch their legs and get out some excess energy chasing footballs around. Urged on by the cheerleading squads and a very active Blue Devil mascot, fans are loud and into the game, despite a sub-par performance by the home team during my most recent visit. Many fans continued wielding signs that were handed out upon entry to Arute Field long after the outcome was decided. One can only imagine the energy here should the game be more competitive.

Access    4

New Britain is located a 15 minute drive from Hartford. Route 9 passes directly by the campus, and Interstate 84 is a few miles away on the way to Hartford. For those headed in a north-south direction, interstate 91 runs past New Britain as well. With its suburban location, the great majority of fans drive to the Central Connecticut State campus. Local buses do have stops at campus for those so inclined. Fans coming from out of town can arrive by train or air in Hartford, and from there renting a car would be your best option.

There is a medium sized parking lot directly adjacent to Arute Field, which is easily sufficient for most game day crowds. Parking is free, and additional parking is available throughout campus. Once inside Arute Field, all areas of the stadium are easily accessible. There is a spacious concourse behind the home stands, where the concessions and bathrooms are located. Restrooms are spacious and clean, and no lines exist, even at halftime. Wide vomitories empty fans into the seating area, and new walkways encircle the field to take fans to the visitors' side of the stadium.

Arute Field consists of two sets of grandstands. The home side is much more built up, housing the concessions and bathrooms, as well as having a couple of luxury boxes and a new press box located on top of it. The seating area consists of 10 rows of metal bleachers without seat backs in front, with an additional 7 rows of individual metal seats located in the upper section. There is a wide walkway in front of the bleachers, as well as at the top of the seating area. Fans requiring handicapped seating will not be disappointed, as each section has several handicapped accessible benches located at the top of the section. Beware, the size of the steps change once you make your way down to the bleacher section of the seating bowl. I watched several people get tripped up at the point where the stairs change their size. The visitor's side is much more modest, consisting of 15 rows of metal bleachers without seatbacks.

Return on Investment    5

A ticket to a Blue Devils game will only cost ten dollars, and eight for general admission seating. Any student, faculty, or staff of the university can get into a game for free. With parking next to the stadium free, one can attend a game at CCSU, park their car, and have a hot dog with a soda for a mere $15. Try to match those prices anywhere else!

Extras    2

Extra points for the large group of staff present at the games who really seem to be enjoying themselves at the game. Virtually every staff person I came into contact with asked me how I was doing and if there was anything they could do to help me out. You don't see this kind of customer service very often and it really adds to the experience.

Final Thoughts

At first glance, Arute Field seems very similar to other Northeast Conference football stadiums. Granted, the stadiums are very similar, and this is not the place to find big-time college football. However, while visiting Arute Field you will find many small extras that you don't come across everywhere. These touches make an afternoon at Central Connecticut State a very enjoyable place to spend a fall afternoon.

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