THE
Challenge

With the upcoming opening of the Werth Family Basketball Center at The University of Connecticut, DI was presented with the opportunity to design and build a space where the school’s history of excellence could be celebrated and shared among fans, employees and athletes. Ranging from interactive learning components to trophy displays, the project was to serve as a “reminder to our players what the standards are at UConn— competing and playing like a champion.” – Dan Hurley, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, UConn

Technology +
Innovation

The brand new 75,000-plus square-foot athletic facility is one of the most ambitious projects taken on by the University. Featuring two separate wings for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, the building also includes with a centralized common area for academic support, sports medicine, practice facilities, video analysis theaters and strength training areas.

To complete the this landmark facility, the DI team designed and built the Hall of Champions —located in a visually-stunning lobby, featuring a display of all NCAA trophies representing the four men’s championships and nine women’s titles. Technology is expertly weaved throughout the space using displays and touch screens, in addition to a photo opportunity for guests.

“We’re here because we have something to celebrate – not online when you’re reading about it, but when you…put your hands on it and feel like you’re living…the history of Connecticut basketball.”

– Geno Auriemma, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, UConn

The DI team worked tirelessly to both design and install this incredible experience. Said Geno Auiremma, UConn Women’s Basketball Head Coach, “what was able to be accomplished in two weeks was really, really a feat of incredible commitment.”

THE
RESULTS

In a ceremony to inaugurate the space, heads of the athletic department, previous collegiate athletes, current NBA athletes, coaches and fans gathered to celebrate the history of UConn basketball. Speaking of the new Hall of Champions, David Benedict, UConn Director of Athletics, shared that their ultimate goal was to have “the best display and recognition of college basketball in the country, and I believe that’s what we have.”

Let’s Chat

To learn more about our work, please email
Michael Ropp at mropp@dimin.com.