UConn agrees to delay roof repairs at Gampel Pavilion

Crowds and police outside Gampel Pavilion. (WTNH/ Mark Ciesinski)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut won’t be repairing the roof at its basketball arena this summer after all.

The school’s Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to delay the $10 million project for at least a year because the state is approaching its borrowing cap.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says the school was asked to identify projects that could be put off and fixing Gampel Pavilion was among those chosen. The board voted just last month to approve the repairs.

The 10,000-seat dome has an unusual roof, made up of metal, triangular insulated panels wrapped in fabric.

The roof has been leaking and the fabric inside the arena has been fraying and flaking off for several years.

Reitz says the school’s maintenance staff will continue to fix leaks as they find them.

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