The 2018 UConn soccer season has come and gone and nothing drives that point home more than a quick glance at Morrone Stadium.
It’s demo day at Morrone Stadium. The beginning of a new era for UConn Soccer!#MorroneMemories pic.twitter.com/xhdrtDl7mg— UConn Huskies (@UConnHuskies) December 5, 2018
The historic stadium, which has housed UConn soccer since 1969, was torn down for good earlier this week. In its place will be new UConn athletic stadiums in the “Athletics District” of the Storrs campus. This $60 million project will replace the Huskies’ outdated baseball, soccer and softball stadiums with new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Here’s a nifty little time-lapse of the construction, courtesy of UConn Women’s Soccer:
Full Range of Emotions! #UConnNation pic.twitter.com/LodlmqyLCt— UConn Women's Soccer (@UConnWSOC) December 7, 2018
The shiny new digs will be ready for UConn soccer in 2020, per estimates. The stadium will hold 4,000 seats, and hopefully picks up right where Morrone left off; leading the country in attendance for the second straight year.
Hmmm, would you at that....We’re of the @NCAASoccer attendance rankings for the 2nd (✌ ) straight year . S/o to our fans and @UCGoalPatrol for the continuous support! pic.twitter.com/ymS7uBiE3f— UConn Men's Soccer (@UConnMSOC) December 6, 2018
Until then, the Huskies will play the 2019 campaign somewhere off-campus, at a location that is to be determined. Two options include Rentschler Field, the site of the wild NCAA Tournament win over Rhode Island, or the fancy Dillon Stadium, home to the newly established Hartford Athletic of the United Soccer League (USL).
- Several Huskies continue to rack up accolades for their 2018 season. Senior captains Abdou Mbacke-Thiam and Jacob Hauser-Ramsey garnered All-East Region First team selections, while junior Dayonn Harris and senior Dylan Greenberg earned nods to the Second and Third Teams, respectively.
- Husky fans can take some solace in the fact that Indiana University, who dispatched UConn soccer in the second round of the NCAA tournament, is still dancing and hasn’t even been scored on in the NCAA tournament. The Hoosiers are in the Final Four for the second straight year, and play Maryland tonight.