The Gampel Pavilion has become one of the most beloved facilities to catch rim-rocking basketball action
in the country. The facility was originally created to house the University of Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team.
It replaced the 4,600-seat Hugh S. Greer Field House with the 10,000-seat Gampel Pavilion that was named after industrialist
and University of Connecticut graduate Harry A. Gampel, who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and donated more than a million
dollars to the construction. The arena came to be after Utah businessman, Larry H. Miller helped to secure the funds for the
facility. The project took just 15 months and 24 days to complete, which is one of the fastest arena construction periods
in the world.
The $28 million facility became the home of the UConn Huskies men's and women's basketball teams as well
as the women's volleyball team. The arena opened its doors in January of 1990, which was a game between the 20th ranked Huskies
and the 15th ranked St. John's Red Storm. The Huskies men's basketball team took home the victory during that first game,
beating the Red Storm 72-58. Since then, the Huskies have outscored countless teams and the events center has been the site
of many exciting matchups between UConn and their toughest competition.
is home to the UConn Huskies men's basketball team who has been a top-seeded team in the NCAA for several years. Part of their
success has come from playing in a state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has been the site for several playoff games featuring
University of Connecticut basketball team, and it continues to be a venue full of excitement and non-stop sports action.
stadium has not only been the site of numerous net-swishing battles between college basketball teams, but it has also been
the site of many other exciting events including intense women's volleyball matchups and men's basketball tournaments. The
facility is said to be one of the best events centers in the country for home court advantage. As of 2012, the Huskies had
a 151-22 record at home in Gampel Pavilion, and they continue to excel on their home turf.
And the stadium isn't just
about sports. It also hosts some of the most exciting concerts and live musical performances in the country. And with a state-of-the-art
sound and lighting system, you are sure to have a memorable concert experience.
stadium is located in Storrs, Connecticut, which is a village located in the town of Mansfield. This picturesque town has
a population of just over 10,000 and relies heavily on tourism and the University of Connecticut. Even though Storrs is small,
it is full of sports fans just waiting to watch their favorite team battle it out on the court. The town is just minutes from
the thriving metropolis of Hartford, CT and just a couple of hours from New York City. It makes it the perfect mix of rural
living and modern convenience. Entertainers, authors and tourists have enjoyed the city so much, that many of them have stayed.
Author Wally Lamb, who wrote She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, as well as Samuel Pickering, the professor at
the University of Connecticut who was the inspiration for the Mr. Keating in the film Dead Poets Society, both called Storrs
home. And Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer and Peter Tork of The Monkees both grew up in Storrs and graduated from E.O. Smith
When game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a
parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car, SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at
the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance
of the park. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking fee, it is worth it.
There are several ways to park
at Gampel Pavilion. You can park and walk to the arena from one of the many surface parking lots around the campus that include
student and employee parking. Or you can park in one of the parking garages that are available for pavilion guests. It is
suggested that patrons show up three hours before the start of the game to get a close spot.
Seating is available all
around the Huskies' home court, with courtside seating and several sections of general admission seating. There is a different
seating configuration for each type of event, but every seat in the house is a good one. With clear sightlines and an excellent
sound and visual system, you won't miss a moment of the action.
Unlike many other arenas, Gampel
Pavilion is alcohol free. Alcohol is not sold in the concession area and is not allowed inside the facility. But, don't worry,
you won't go thirsty. There are several vendors in the concourse area that offer delicious food and beverages for all of the
Gampel Pavilion guests. There are a variety of pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs, chips, candy and soda.