The big day for Duquesne basketball is finally arriving.
After beginning construction in March of 2019 and having the renovations delayed because of shutdowns due to COVID-19, the Duquesne basketball programs will soon be debuting their new home.
Barring any issues with COVID-19, the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will open this coming Tuesday, February 2, as the Duquesne men’s team takes on the Dayton Flyers. The game will tip-off at 9 AM and will be televised on ESPNU.
“While we had many obstacles along the way with the pandemic and challenging work environments, UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse is finally going to open due to the efforts of all involved with the project,” said Director of Athletics Dave Harper. “I’d like to thank everyone for making this possible, our donors and community partners, the contractors and construction crews, and our Duquesne team. While the opening is somewhat muted due to the pandemic, it doesn’t dampen our excitement.”
Unfortunately, the opening of the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will have to take place without any fans because of the restrictions imposed by the state of Pennsylvania due to COVID-19.
When it’s open for fans, the new home of Duquesne basketball will hold 4,406 fans and will provide a great atmosphere for college basketball. The new, state of the art facility will also be a major recruiting tool for Keith Dambrot and Dan Burt in their attempts to recruit.