Duquesne Announces Rooney Field Renovation
Oct. 2, 2007
Duquesne University Director of Athletics Greg Amodio announced today that the first phase of the renovation of Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field will begin at the conclusion of this football season.
Plans call for the construction of permanent grandstand seating on the Bluff Street side of Rooney Field - replacing the temporary bleachers that have been installed for the past 14 football seasons. Permanent concession stands and restrooms will also be added to the south side of the field. The Academic Walk sideline will also gain additional seating.
In addition, the fieldhouse located at the east end of the field will be remodeled and expanded to provide an area for a new football locker room, football coaches suite and additional locker room space for the soccer, lacrosse and swim teams.
The renovation coincides with football program's adoption of a scholarship model and move to the Northeast Conference in 2008.
"The renovation of Rooney Field is yet another sign of the University's commitment to the football program as well as the entire department of athletics," said Amodio. "This project will benefit all of the programs that call Rooney Field home and will more importantly provide needed amenities for our fans."
Construction of the grandstand, which will begin following the final football home game on Nov. 10, is expected to be completed in time for the 2008 season. Fieldhouse renovation will begin following the `08 season.
Rooney Field, named in honor of Duquesne University football letterman and founder of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, is home to the football, soccer and lacrosse programs. The field, which lies on the site of a former faculty/staff parking lot, was formally dedicated prior to a Oct. 30, 1993 football game against St. John's.