The front office personnel at Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment had been lobbying for some time to lure UConn into playing a home game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. According to a source, they have accomplished their goal.
The defending national champion Huskies will host Temple at Webster Bank Arena Jan. 11 (noon). Also, the UConn men’s basketball team will host Eastern Washington at the arena Dec. 28 (1 p.m.).
Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Operations Charlie Dowd would not comment on landing the games Thursday.
A formal announcement is expected to be made in the coming weeks.
In all, the UConn women’s basketball team will play nine of its 18 home games this season at Gampel Pavilion and eight at the XL Center in Hartford.
The Huskies have played 10 NCAA tournament games at Webster Bank Arena all-time (9-1), including the Bridgeport regional semifinals and final last season when they defeated Maryland and Kentucky, respectively, before sellout crowds of 8,594 en route to winning an NCAA record-tying eighth national championship.
The game in Bridgeport will mark the first time that UConn will host a regular season game at an off-campus venue other than the XL Center under coach Geno Auriemma.
Here is UConn’s updated schedule …
Nov. 1 vs. Gannon at Gampel Pavilion (exhibition), TBA
Nov. 5 vs. Philadelphia at XL Center (exhibition), TBA
Nov. 9 vs. Hartford at Gampel Pavilion, 4 p.m.
Nov. 11 vs. Stanford at Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Nov. 15 at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nov. 17 at Penn State, noon
Nov. 20 vs. Oregon at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 vs. Boston University at Gampel Pavilion (Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge), 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 vs. Monmouth at Gampel Pavilion, (Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge), 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 vs. St. Bonaventure at XL Center (Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge), 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 vs. Ohio State (Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge) at Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass., 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dec. 5 vs. UC Davis at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Duke (Jimmy V Classic), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dec. 22 vs. California (Maggie Dixon Classic) at Madison Square Garden, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dec. 29 vs. Cincinnati at Gampel Pavilion, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Jan. 1 at Central Florida, 4 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Memphis, TBA
Jan. 7 vs. Houston at Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 vs. Temple at Webster Bank Arena Bridgeport, noon
Jan. 13 at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Jan. 19 at Rutgers, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Jan. 22 vs. Memphis at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 South Florida at XL Center, noon (CBSSN)
Jan. 28 at Temple, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Cincinnati, 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 vs. SMU at Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 vs. Louisville at Gampel Pavilion, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Feb. 16 at South Florida, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Feb. 19 Central Florida at XL Center, 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 at Houston, TBA
Feb. 25 at SMU, 8 p.m.
March 1 vs. Rutgers at Gampel Pavilion, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
March 3 at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
March 7-10 American Athletic Conference tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena (ESPNU/ESPN)