Groundbreaking Set

The public is welcome to attend Tuesday's ground-breaking ceremony.

STORRS, Conn. – Work on the $35 million Connecticut basketball development center started several weeks ago but the athletic department has scheduled a ceremonial ground-breaking event to be held this week.

The ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. and it is open to the public.

UConn president Susan Herbst and athletics director Warde Manuel will preside over the ceremony. UConn coaches Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma will also take part in the ceremony, along with selected players from both the men's and women's teams.

March 11, 2013

The ceremony will take place at a tented area behind Gampel Pavilion, next to the former Stadium Facilities Building. The basketball training facility is being built on the former site of Memorial Stadium. Weather permitting, construction is expected to be complete by May 2014.

The 78,200 square foot facility, estimated to cost $35 million, will feature practice gyms for the men's and women's basketball programs, along with locker rooms, coaches' offices, and areas for academic support, video analysis, sports medicine and strength training, including a full dining facility and buffet style serving area.

March 27, 2013

Practice courts for each team will consist of one full size court and two half courts per team and a dedicated free-throw shooting basket. A viewing balcony will allow coaches and viewers to observe practices.

April 12, 2013

The pictures on this page show the progress made at the site over the past four weeks, in addition to an artist's rendering of the building when completed.

Artist's rendering of completed facility

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