NCAA Basketball

UConn won't play at Hartford this season

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut won't play any of its home basketball or hockey schedule in Hartford this season.

Athletic director David Benedict said the school and the operators of the XL Center agreed that it would not make financial sense to utilize the 16,000-seat arena during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Our teams love competing in downtown Hartford, but the conditions brought about by COVID-19 have made that impractical," Benedict said in a statement. "Our men's hockey and basketball teams will compete (on campus) in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum and Gampel Pavilion, respectively. We look forward to playing at the XL Center during the 2021-22 season."

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