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Gampel Pavilion’s New Ceiling Dealing With Condensation Issue

The school is looking to install permanent dehumidifiers in the ceiling of the arena.

UConn's Antwoine Anderson (0) during the Columbia Lions vs UConn Huskies men's college basketball game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT on November 29, 2017.
UConn’s Antwoine Anderson (0) during the Columbia Lions vs UConn Huskies men’s college basketball game at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT on November 29, 2017.
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In 2017, UConn spent $10 million to replace the ceiling of Gampel Pavilion, the on-campus arena for the Huskies’ basketball and volleyball teams. In the years leading up to that, the ceiling had become a massive eyesore with the fabric covering the triangular panels falling off and sometimes onto fans at games.

But now, the ceiling is going to need more work. At Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, UConn officials requested $1.8 million to install permanent dehumidifiers to remove condensation between the tiles and the aluminum roof, according to the AP.

The problem began shortly after the new ceiling was installed. On non-game days at Gampel, long tubes can be seen throughout the upper level of the arena to dehumidify the roof. The renovation would allow the school to keep dehumidifiers in place at all times and not have to remove them for games.

The project would also include improvements to the wireless network in the building, something long, long overdue.