PITTSBURGH — Tuesday morning Duquesne University announced a comprehensive renovation of the A.J. Palumbo Center which will break ground in March.
The estimated $45 million renovation will occur after the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championships are complete in March with both teams and athletics staff set to move until the estimated 2020-21 basketball season when phase I of the renovation is complete.
This new facility will be named the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in honor of Chuck Cooper, who captained Duquesne’s men’s basketball team and in 1950 became the first African-American to be drafted into the NBA in 1950.
Pittsburgh Sports Now was there for the unveiling, with video from Alan Saunders and photos from Zachary Weiss.