Rooney Field Locker Room Renovation Announced
Jan. 24, 2014
PITTSBURGH - New locker rooms for the men's and women's soccer, women's swimming and women's lacrosse programs highlight a 1.2 million Rooney Field renovation project scheduled to begin in late April.
In addition, the football program will gain additional storage, game officials will have a renovated space and facilities for recreational swimmers will also be enhanced.
"We are determined as an athletic department and University as a whole to provide all of our programs with the tools necessary to compete for conference championships," said Duquesne Director of Athletics Greg Amodio. "This project - which benefits multiple programs - is an important step in reaching our long-term goals."
Construction, which will be handled by Massaro Corp., is scheduled to begin in late April and be completed by the end of July.
The improvements come on the heels of the completion of Keller Fieldhouse, which was dedicated in August of 2011.
The Keller Fieldhouse project provided expanded locker rooms, a new training room, team meeting rooms, a film editing room and offices for Duquesne's football program. This is the third major project in seven years at Rooney Field which saw permanent seating as well as a new Sportexe playing surface installed in 2008.
"We are extremely excited about the locker room renovation project," said women's lacrosse head coach Mike Scerbo, whose team advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship game last year. "This project will allow us to have a new and attractive place to call our own year-round, which will enhance the student-athlete experience. It will also be a wonderful place to showcase to our prospects during recruiting visits. The benefits that come from a project like this will only help our program achieve our goal of winning an Atlantic 10 title."
"This project shows the commitment this University and athletic department have to upgrading our facilities and putting our sports in a position to be as competitive as possible within the A-10 and beyond," said men's soccer head coach Chase Brooks.
Duquesne is coming off its most successful fall ever with the women's cross country and volleyball teams earning Atlantic 10 Championships. In addition, the football program tied for its second Northeast Conference title in three years in 2013. The women's volleyball NCAA Championship appearance in December was the second-ever by a DU team.
In the classroom, Duquesne's 391 student-athletes posted a 3.20 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester, with greater than one-third earning a GPA of 3.5 or above.