It’s looking more like XL Center and Rentschler Field will be managed by one company.
Michael W. Freimuth, the executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority, has told me that he will not recommend to the authority’s board that the University of Connecticut be chosen to manage the stadium in East Hartford.
UConn is the primary tenant at Rentschler Field. The school has been in active discussions with the CRDA over its interest in managing the stadium. It has been competing with three other bidders who have proposed managing both Rentschler and the XL Center.
Freimuth said he sees more cost-savings in one entity managing both venues. He also has a concern that private companies would have more contacts to bring in non-sports events than the university.
“It would not be my recommendation, but it is up to the board to make that decision,” Freimuth said.
For its part, UConn says it remains interested in managing Rentschler.
“Until and unless CRDA formally makes an award to someone else, we consider UConn to be still in contention and remain very interested in exploring the possibilities,” UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz told me.