Harry A. Gampel Pavilion

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Gampel Pavilion
"The College Basketball Capital of the World"
Location 2095 Hillside Road
Storrs, Connecticut, United States 06269
Owner University of Connecticut
Operator University of Connecticut
Capacity 2002–present: 10,167
1996–2002: 10,027
1990–1996: 8,241[1]
Surface 171,000 sq ft (15,900 m2)[1]
Broke ground Summer, 1987
Opened January 21, 1990[1]
Expanded Summer 1996[1]
Construction cost $28 million[1]
($52.4 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Connecticut Huskies (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1990–present)
Women's basketball (1990–present)
Women's volleyball (1990–present)

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is a 10,167-seat multi-purpose arena in Storrs, Connecticut, United States, on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The arena opened on January 21, 1990,[1] and is the largest on-campus arena in New England. It was named after industrialist and 1943 UConn graduate Harry A. Gampel, a philanthropist who walked with Martin Luther King Jr., and who donated one million dollars for the construction of the arena. It is about 216,000 sq ft (20,100 m2). Gampel Pavilion is the primary home to the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball teams.

For most of the time since the late 1990s, the men's basketball team has played most of their more important games at the XL Center in Hartford. During the 2011–12 season, the men's basketball team played 11 home games in Hartford and only eight at Gampel.

The pavilion is the centerpiece of the UConn Sports Center, which also includes Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.


It replaced the Hugh S. Greer Field House, which only held 4,604 people and still stands to the northwest of the pavilion. The facility has been expanded three times. As originally constructed, it seated 8,241. After the 1995–96 season, 1,900 seats were added around the entrances, increasing capacity to 10,027. A seating adjustment after the 2001–02 season added 140 more seats to result in the current capacity.

In the summer of 2017 a project began to replace the aging roof and is scheduled to be completed in October 2017. The Women's volleyball team is scheduled to play some of its fall home games in Hugh S. Greer Field House until the renovations are complete.[3]

First game[edit]

The first basketball game was played on January 27, 1990, between the then 20th ranked Connecticut Huskies and the 15th ranked St. John's Red Storm. Connecticut won 72–58.[4]

Home court advantage[edit]

Since 1990 through 2018 the Huskies men's basketball team has a 179–35 record at Gampel Pavilion.[5]

Year Record
1989–1990 5–0
1990–1991 7–2
1991–1992 6–1
1992–1993 5–2
1993–1994 7–0
1994–1995 5–1
1995–1996 6–0
1996–1997 6–2
1997–1998 6–0
1998–1999 6–1
1999–2000 5–2
2000–2001 8–1
2001–2002 6–0
2002–2003 5–2
2003–2004 8–0
2004–2005 6–1
2005–2006 6–0
2006–2007 7–2
2007–2008 8–0
2008–2009 7–0
2009–2010 8–1
2010-2011 5–2
2011-2012 5–2
2012-2013 6–1
2013-2014 7–2
2014-2015 4–4
2015-2016 8–1
2016-2017 4–3
2017-2018 7–2

Source: [5]


The banners for the men's and women's basketball teams have been taken down and in their place are now large boards on the walls listing the years the teams have made the NIT, NCAA Tournament, Sweet 16, and Elite 8, along with their Big East Regular Season and Tournament Championships.[citation needed] The National Championship Banners and NIT Championship Banners have been replaced with newer versions, along with banners commemorating Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma's Hall of Fame inductions.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "UCONNHUSKIES.COM :: University Of Connecticut Official Athletic Site". www.uconnhuskies.com. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ DOYLE, PAUL. "Just A Reminder, Gampel Repair Means No First Night For UConn Basketball". courant.com. 
  4. ^ "Countdown: 27". theuconnblog.com. 
  5. ^ a b "2015-2016 Connecticut Huskies Media Guide" (PDF). UConnHuskies. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
Preceded by
Hugh S. Greer Field House
Home of the
Connecticut Huskies

1990 – present
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 41°48′19.05″N 72°15′15.10″W / 41.8052917°N 72.2541944°W / 41.8052917; -72.2541944