A.J. Palumbo Center
Clayton Adams' layup six seconds into a 73-69 win over Saint Joseph's on Dec. 3, 1988 christened the A.J. Palumbo Center as Duquesne's men's basketball home. Twenty-five years later - and boosted by nearly $6.2 million in renovations over the past eight years - the 4,390-seat Palumbo Center looks as good as it did on opening day.
Located at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Magee Street on the Northeast corner of the Duquesne campus, the Palumbo Center received a $1.8 million facelift in the summer of 2010 and $1.3 million of additional improvements in the form of the Janice and James Schaming Athletic Center completed in September of 2011. The practice gym also received a facelift in the summer of 2013.
In 2010, chair back seats were installed from top-to-bottom on the north side of the arena and treads, risers and chair backs on the lower level of the south side of the facility were replaced. In addition a custom designed center-hung Daktronics video board and four lower level corner scoreboards were installed. Upgrades continued in the Spring of 2015 when the end zone bleachers were replaced with chair back seats. The renovation work changed the building's capacity from 5,358 to 4,390 for basketball.
The Schaming Athletic Center included a complete renovation of the men's and women's basketball and volleyball locker rooms as well as a redesign of the lower corridor of the Palumbo Center. In addition, a new portable playing floor and basketball goals were purchased for the 2011-12 season.
The recently completed work came on the heels of an extensive renovation completed in the spring of 2006. The `06 renovation featured new offices for the men's and women's basketball staffs, construction of a recruiting suite and state-of-the-art video breakdown room in addition to new areas for strength training and conditioning and athletic training.
The Palumbo Center also houses athletics department and facility staff. In the past 25 years, the Palumbo Center has been the site of two NIT men's basketball games (1994), the WNIT (2009 & 2013), the Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship (1993, 1994, 1998, 2004 & 2012), NCAA East Regional wrestling (2000, 2005 & 2007) and two opening rounds of the A-10 women's basketball tournament (1989 & 1990).
Duquesne's basketball home is named in honor of the late Antonio J. Palumbo, the son of an immigrant family who built his wealth in the coal mining and real estate industries near his home in St. Marys, Pa. Mr. Palumbo, who served on DU's board of directors, donated more than $15 million to universities, colleges, hospitals and high schools in the region prior to his passing in 2002. His generosity resulted in his name being attached to a number of high-profile buildings and academic programs that he felt symbolized his values.