Groundbreaking Ceremony For Basketball Facility Set For Tuesday

UConn will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony for the UConn Basketball Development Center Tuesday at 1 p.m. The facility, which is slated to open next year, is being built on the former site of Memorial Stadium. The ceremony will take place in a tented area near the old Stadium Facilities Building.

UConn President Susan Herbst, Director of Athletics Warde Manuel, head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, head men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie and selected men’s and women’s basketball players will take part in the ceremony.

The 78,200 square foot facility, which is estimated to cost $35 million to build, will feature practice gyms for the men’s and women’s basketball programs that will consist of one full size court and two half courts per team and a dedicated free-throw shooting basket to equal eight goals per practice court, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and areas for academic support, video analysis, sports medicine and strength training.