Duquesne University will hold an announcement at A.J. Palumbo Center on Tuesday that will include remarks from university president Ken Gormley and athletic director Dave Harper.
Sources tell Pittsburgh Sports Now that the topic of the event will be the long-awaited renovations to the Palumbo Center.
PSN has learned that the school is going forward with plans for a significant renovation of the building following the 2018-19 season that will likely involve finding a temporary home for the Dukes for the 2019-20 season.
The Palumbo Center, a 4,406-seat venue that opened in 1988 is host to the Duquesne men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball team in addition to athletic training facilities and offices. Plans for its renovations have dated back for quite some time and $6.7 million of improvements have already been made to the facility in the last decade, according to the Duquesne athletic department.
This renovation would be an order of magnitude greater. A needs assessment developed by the architectural firm VMDO, while not necessarily a sneak peak at the final product, shows what the school has in mind for the future of the building, with prominent luxury suites, more open interior areas and a new-look facade on Fifth Avenue.
Sources tell PSN that Harper and the rest of the Duquesne athletics staff have been fundraising for this project for over a year.
Alan Saunders and Zachary Weiss contributed to this report.