Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field

Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field, commonly known as simply Rooney Field, is a 2,200-seat multi-purpose facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Situated on the campus of Duquesne University, Rooney Field is the home field of the Duquesne Dukes football, soccer and lacrosse teams.

Its location atop the Bluff in the center of Duquesne's campus makes Rooney Field one of the most unusual football facilities in the nation. Bordered by Academic Walk on one side and Mellon Hall of Science and the Duquesne Towers Living and Learning Center on either end, the field offers scenic views of downtown Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River, and Pittsburgh's South Side.

Rooney Field has enjoyed the national spotlight as the host of three televised games. On Monday, October 31, 1994, ESPN2 televised Duquesne's 16–12 win over Iona College to a national audience. In addition, two games in 1995 — the MAAC Championship-deciding game versus St. John's and the ECAC Bowl game vs. Wagner — were aired locally on what was then the e Sports Network.

Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field
Beard Press Box and new Stands and Turf, 2008.
Location600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
OwnerDuquesne University
OperatorDuquesne University
Capacity2,200 (2008–present)[1]
4,500 (1993–2007)
SurfaceAstroturf (1993–2007)
Sportexe Momentum Turf (2008–present)
Construction
Broke groundJune 1993
OpenedOctober 23, 1993[3]
Construction cost$2.5 million
($4.34 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectWTW Architects
Tenants
Duquesne Dukes (NCAA)
(1993–present)
Pittsburgh Thunderbirds (AUDL)
(2015–present)
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Rooney Field as seen from Mellon Hall.

Description

The 1993 completion of Rooney Field enabled the Dukes to play football on campus for the first time since 1929. A 6-foot (1.8 m) excavation transformed what was once a faculty and staff parking lot into the centerpiece of Duquesne University's urban campus. The space limitations inherent to the university's 49-acre (19.8 ha) plot required that Rooney Field be one of the few in college football that run east to west.

The Beard Press Box, a three-tier structure funded by a contribution from the Eugene Beard family, was completed in the summer of 1995. The field itself is named for Duquesne alumnus and founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sportsplex opening in 2000, the field and other university facilities served as either the primary or secondary in-season training facilities for the Steelers since their founding in 1933.

In addition to serving as home for the Duquesne men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams, numerous other activities are held on Rooney Field. Various camps, team practices, and intramural activities keep the field in constant use.

With a capacity of only 2,200 fans, Rooney Field is currently the smallest stadium in the NCAA FCS.

Renovations

Bolstered by the first half of a $4 million renovation completed in 2009, the lighted, Sportexe turf-covered facility celebrates its 20th full-season anniversary in 2013.

Part of the recently completed renovation is permanent grandstand seating on Bluff Street, which replaces temporary bleachers that had been installed for 14 football seasons. Permanent concession stands and restrooms have also been added to the south side of the field. The Academic Walk sideline has also gained additional seating. As part of the second stage of the renovation, the field house located at the east end of the field was remodeled and expanded to provide an area for a new football locker room, football coaches' suite, and additional locker room space for the soccer, lacrosse, and swim teams. Field house construction began following the 2008–2009 athletics season and was finished in the summer of 2011. The 2009 renovation reduced the field's capacity from 4,500 to the current 2,200 although plans are being developed for a future renovation that may re-add additional seating.

See also

References

  1. ^ Meyer, Craig (August 27, 2011). "Duquesne Football: Dukes Survive and Thrive". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Dukes Open 2010 Football Season at Home Versus Bucknell on Saturday". Duquesne Athletics. September 1, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2013.

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2001 VMI Keydets football team

The 2001 VMI Keydets football team represented the Virginia Military Institute during the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season. It was the Keydets' 111th year of football and third season under head coach Cal McCombs. VMI went 1–10 on the year, with the lone win coming over Chattanooga in overtime.

2011 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2011 Duquesne Dukes football team represented Duquesne University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Dukes were led by seventh year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They are a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 9–2, 7–1 in NEC play to claim a share of the conference championship with Albany. However, Albany claimed the conference automatic bid into the FCS playoffs due to their head to head victory and the Dukes did not receive an at-large bid.

2012 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2012 Duquesne Dukes Devils football team represented Duquesne University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by eighth year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They are a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 5–6, 3–5 in NEC play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

2013 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2013 Duquesne Dukes Devils football team represented Duquesne University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by ninth year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They were a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 4–2 in NEC play to share the conference title with Sacred Heart. Due to their loss to Sacred Heart, they did not receive the conference's automatic playoff bid and did not receive an at-large bid.

2014 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2014 Duquesne Dukes Devils football team represented Duquesne University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by tenth year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They were a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 6–6. 2–4 in NEC play to finish in fifth place.

2015 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2015 Duquesne Dukes Devils football team represented Duquesne University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 11th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They were a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 8–4, 5–1 in NEC play to win the NEC championship. They received the NEC's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs where they lost in the first round to William & Mary.

2016 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2016 Duquesne Dukes Devils football team represented Duquesne University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 12th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They were a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 8–3, 5–1 in NEC play to finish in a tie for the conference title with Saint Francis (PA). Due to their head-to-head loss to Saint Francis (PA), they did not receive the NEC's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs and did not receive an at-large bid.

2017 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2017 Duquesne Dukes football team represented Duquesne University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 13th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They were a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 7–4, 4–2 in NEC play to finish in a tie for second place.

2018 Duquesne Dukes football team

The 2018 Duquesne Dukes football team represented Duquesne University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 14th-year head coach Jerry Schmitt and played their home games at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. They played as a member of the Northeast Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 5–1 in NEC play to be NEC co-champions with Sacred Heart. Due to their head-to-head win over Sacred Heart, they received the NEC's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Towson in the first round before losing in the second round to South Dakota State.

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Duquesne Dukes football

For information on all Duquesne University sports, see Duquesne DukesThe Duquesne Dukes football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Duquesne University located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is a member of the Northeast Conference.

Duquesne has played football as a club team from 1891–1894, 1896–1903, 1913–1914, and 1920–1928, in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) from 1929–1942 and 1947–1950, again as a club team from 1969–1978, in NCAA Division III from 1979–1992 and in the NCAA Division I FCS from 1993–present.

The Dukes have won or shared 16 conference championships in the past 24 years.

The team plays its home games at the 2,200-seat Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Dukes are coached by Jerry Schmitt.

The Dukes have qualified for the FCS playoffs twice due to an automatic bid for being NEC champions in 2015 at 8-3 (5-1) and again in 2018 at 8-3 (5-1).

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