The James Christopher Rocco Basketball Theater provides seating for 24.
Feb. 7, 2014
Photo Gallery of the James Christoper Rocco Basketball Theater
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne University Department of Athletics has announced completion of the James Christopher Rocco Basketball Theater which will be formally dedicated on Friday, Feb. 7.
Housed on the second floor of the Palumbo Center, the basketball theater features 24 theater-style leather chairs along with an 80-inch television screen for video viewing. The project, funded by a donation from the Jim and Pam Rocco family, is named in honor of the late James Christopher Rocco.
"We would like to thank everyone at Duquesne who made this possible," said Jim Rocco. "This media room is a perfect fit. `J' could have watched DU hoops all day long. It means so much to us to have our son's name and memory forever linked with the DU basketball program he has loved and followed since he was a child."
"We are very grateful to the Rocco family for their generous gift," said Duquesne Director of Athletics Greg Amodio. "The project, which is a wonderful tribute to their son, greatly enhances both our men's and women's basketball programs. It is another important step in moving both programs forward."
"The basketball theater is an invaluable tool that we use extensively every day," said Duquesne men's basketball coach Jim Ferry. "We use it for game review, game preparation and individual instruction. It is basically our classroom for teaching the game of basketball. Having an upgraded state-of-the-art facility of this quality allows us to compete with other programs in the Atlantic 10."
"The commitment the Rocco family has shown the Duquesne Department of Athletics has been a blessing," said DU women's coach Dan Burt. "Now we have a media suite that is the finest - not only in the Atlantic 10 Conference - but in America."