Construction to start on practice facility

The University of Connecticut announced Tuesday that it will begin construction of a new basketball practice facility, having now raised $24 million of the projected $32 million it will cost to build the structure.

What is now known as the UConn Basketball Development Center _ it may be re-named for a specific donor at some point _ will take approximately 24 months to build.

UConn said it was required to have 75 percent of the total cost of the facility pledged before it could begin construction. A recent $2 million donation by alumnus Mark Shenkman and his wife Rosalind apparently put UConn over the threshold. Shenkman previously contributed $2.5 million to fund the UConn football team’s indoor practice facility, a building that now bears his name.

“UConn is fortunate to have many strong supporters across the nation who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the university, the research ambitions of our faculty and students as well as athletics,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. “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 basketball facility will contain multiple practice courts, locker rooms, offices and study rooms for the school’s basketball teams.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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