The renovation of the new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will create a consolidated, total performance center that will impact every Duquesne student-athlete.
We have lofty aspirations.
Duquesne Athletics continues to fund a broad-based sports program focused on academic and competitive excellence. Central to that is ensuring Duquesne Athletics continues to develop into a stronger brand locally, regionally and nationally while also providing a first class, DI student-athlete experience and building championship contenders within the Atlantic 10 and Northeast Conferences.
The academic mission is primary. We will graduate student-athletes and strive to be the top of the conference.
We will do things right. Staff, coaches and student-athletes will conduct themselves in a professional manner and we'll work to provide an authentic DI experience to all student-athletes.
We will attract and retain top-performing coaches, staff and student-athletes to consistently elevate our performance on the field, court, track and in the pool.
We will ensure every team is authentically engaged in the greater Pittsburgh and campus community.
The facility, as well as the new programming to happen within it, fully aligns with the department’s strategic plan for success.
The primary objective of the renovation was to reimagine a space that would transform the entire student-athlete experience. From competition to classroom, this is as one-time opportunity to truly reinvent and modernize how Duquesne Athletics looks, feels, acts and performs. Specifically, the project sets out to:
The renovation project will result in the complete transformation of the facility. And the impact is far reaching. From a face-lift to elevating student-athlete performance to engaging the greater campus and Uptown communities, the new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse will not only affect every aspect of the student-athlete experience, but also provide an opportunity to serve as a center for community engagement, events and activities.
The new facility will consolidate all sports performance activities into an expanded central facility, five times the current space, and allow student-athletes to compete and train at a high-level.
Key upgrades include:
Academically, we aspire to be at the top of the conference. In addition to achieving academic success and hitting key markers, we also want our student-athletes to become distinguished graduates with clearly defined path-ways. The new Gilliand Center for Academic Success will provide a one-stop location for all academic needs. The following will be housed or programmed within this area: