STORRS – The University of Connecticut may soon be investing some $10 million into repairing the ceiling and roof of its iconic basketball arena Gampel Pavilion, according to a proposal sent to the school’s Board of Trustees.
Gampel, the on-campus home to UConn’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as its women’s volleyball team, has been a fixture of the school’s campus since being built in 1990. The arena is also used for school career fairs, commencement ceremonies, and other spring concerts among other events throughout the calendar year.
The stadium’s roof has seen considerable degradation in recent years though, and some university officials have deemed it the appropriate time to invest in a major restoration. Specifically, the school’s Board of Trustees is being asked for $10 million – up from the $100,000 originally approved for repair last September – to repair peeling fabric and a sealant in the roof that has allowed for water leaks in recently as well.
The school’s Board of Trustees will meet next Wednesday to decide whether they will officially approve the project.
The project’s central goal would be to “extend the life of the facility for another 10 to 15 years,” according to the proposal. Renovations would also look to tackle electrical issues, the satellite hook-up system, and the stadium’s retractable sideline seating.