UConn Board of Trustees approves $70 million on-campus hockey arena with completion projected for fall 2022

The budget was $25 million more than the facility’s initial $45 million expected cost and $22 million more than anticipated in September. A total of $52.8 million has been allocated for construction. There will additionally be a $7 million set of improvements to the I-Lot parking site to relocate 360 parking spots and accommodate the hockey arena’s construction. UConn hopes that an upgraded facility will stir fan interest, improve recruiting and propel the hockey program to new heights, with executive vice president for administration and chief financial officer Scott Jordan evoking his alma mater of UMass as an example. The project, which pre-COVID-19 pandemic was initially scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2021, will use $17 million in university funds, $33 million in revenue bonds and an expected $20 million from philanthropy, over double what the school initially anticipated they’d receive in donations. The school ultimately bid the project out and received bids for $70 million, Jordan said. The architect for the arena is JCJ Architecture, and Turner Construction Company is the construction manager.


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