HARTFORD, Conn. – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut, City of Hartford, and the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally celebration on Sunday, April 10 in downtown Hartford to congratulate the UConn Women’s Basketball team for winning the 2016 NCAA National Championship. The parade will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol building and will be followed by a victory rally outside of the XL Center at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Parade and rally organizers are relying on private donations and business sponsorships to finance the event. No state or city funding is used.
“The Huskies have dominated women’s basketball this entire season and this eleventh national title is simply remarkable,” Governor Malloy said. “Coach Geno Auriemma and the entire UConn women’s basketball team have once again made our state extraordinarily proud. On Sunday, we plan to celebrate their success by honoring them with another event to remember.”
As in past years, this event is produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations. Businesses may choose from several sponsorship levels ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 or less. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should quickly contact Jordan Polon at the Hartford Business Improvement District at 860-728-2289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parade route will begin at the State Capitol building on the corner of Trinity Street and Elm Street. It proceeds north on Trinity Street through the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch, turning right (east) onto Jewell Street, then left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and ending at the intersection of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street, just steps away from where the rally will be held in front of the main entrance of the XL Center.
Media credentials will be required to access the press risers (including a mult box) on Trumbull Street outside of the XL Center, and to enter the XL Center for interviews with the coaches, players and staff following the rally.
All credential requests must be made via email by Friday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m. To request credentials, email Patrick McKenna of the UConn Athletic Communications Office at email@example.com.
Once approved, credentials should be picked up on Sunday, April 10, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the press risers on Trumbull Street, across the street from the XL Center entrance. The credential pick-up contact is Laura Soll, who is available at 860-688-4499, 860-833-4466, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on media staging on downtown city streets, contact Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley of the Hartford Police at 860-757-4463 or Brian.Foley@hartford.gov