UConn has met 75 percent of the cost for a new basketball practice facility, and construction will begin “as soon as possible,” the school announced Tuesday.
Between donations and pledges, $24 million of the necessary $32 million has been raised. Most recently, Mark Shenkman and his wife, Rosalind, committed $2 million to the facility. Shenkman previously donated $2.5 to the indoor turf football field.
“UConn is fortunate to have many strong supporters across the nation, who have dedicated themselves to the academic advancement of the university, the research ambitions of our faculty and students, as well as athletics,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “As we continue to build and renovate so many facilities on our multiple campuses, an outstanding new home is needed for our championship men’s and women’s basketball programs.”
The UConn Basketball Development Center, which is expected to take 24 months to compete, will sit adjacent to Gampel Pavilion.
“The success of our men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes, in both the classroom and on the court, will be greatly enhanced by the UConn Basketball Development Center,” said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “I want to thank Mark and Rosalind Shenkman and all of our benefactors whose generosity are allowing us to begin construction of this project. We will continue to fund raise to obtain the entire cost of the project.