For the first time in two years, UConn basketball’s First Night is back. After cancelling the event last year as the college basketball season itself was in limbo due to COVID-19, First Night returns but will be open to students only. The event itself will take place at Gampel Pavilion like always and will start 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. for students to enter.
“The decision to allow admission to UConn students only was made out of an abundance of caution and is not an indication of similar plans being made for the 2021-22 season,” director of athletics David Benedict said in a release. ”Seeing our fans return to our home venues during the fall has been encouraging and I look forward to welcoming UConn Nation back to Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center in the weeks ahead. I am excited for the students to create an electric atmosphere on October 15, and I know our basketball teams are looking forward to experiencing a raucous Gampel Pavilion.”
While in person access is limited to students, First Night will be streamed in a variety of ways. Players introductions will begin at 7 p.m. ET, but there will be a scrimmage along with likely a some shooting contests, dunk contests and more to kick off the start of the basketball season for both the men's and women’s teams.
How to watch
What: UConn basketball First Night
When: Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET
How: CW20 (a Fox 61 affiliate) or free livestream on the UConn Huskies Facebook page
UPDATE: First Night is also available to watch via this FloSports link, per UConn.