2,600-Seat Facility Scheduled for Fall 2022 Opening
CHN Staff Report
The University of Connecticut received final go-ahead on plans for a new $70 hockey arena, by the Board of Trustees.
The arena was originally planned for a 2021 opening, but the pandemic set things back. It’s now scheduled to be opened Fall 2022. It will be built next to its current on-campus rink, the Mark Freitas Ice Forum. UConn has been playing most of its home games in recent years at the XL Center in Hartford.
A new arena was part of the agreement for UConn being accepted into Hockey East in 2014. The league waived its capacity requirement of 4,000 seats minimum.
The arena seating will be 80 percent seatbacks, and 20 percent benches. The back end will have state of the art training facilities and locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams. The arena will feature a center-hung scoreboard and ribbon boards around the perimeter.
The funding for the arena includes $20 million in donations, and $33 million from the sale of revenue bonds.
Freitas Ice Forum will continue to be used for practices and local groups.