UMD Announces Romano Gym Renovation Plans

Three Phase $10 Million Plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics department has announced plans to renovate Romano Gymnasium.

The athletics department is working to raise an additional $2 million, as part of the $10 million renovation project.

Romano Gym has been the hub for UMD women’s volleyball; men’s and women’s basketball; recreation space; as well as community programming for over six decades.

“Romano Gymnasium, in many ways, is an epicenter of activity on the UMD campus,” said Athletic Director Josh Berlo. “A full-scale renovation of this historic space will have a tremendously positive impact on the campus and community. This includes Athletics, the Applied Human Sciences program in the College of Education and Human Services Professions, a well as Recreational Sports and Outdoor Program’s activities that occur in the largest indoor gathering space on the UMD campus.

The gym officially opened on December 12, 1953 when the UMD men’s basketball team took on Gustavus Adolphus College in a 73-72 victory.

The facility last received a facelift in the 1986-87 season, with a $2 million upgrade and was renamed in honor of UMD’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ralph Romano in Feb. 1988.

In 2013 and 2017, UMD installed new display and videoboards through Bulldog Athletics Benefactors.

Phase One of the project is underway with the installation of a $300,000 Daktronics HD videoboard and renovation of basketball locker rooms.

Phase Two is expected to begin in Oct. 2018 and will include

  • NCAA competition grade wood flooring
  • Enhanced back-supporting lower level seating
  • Aisle hand rails
  • High-end floor mounted basketball standards
  • Climate control – air and humidity control
  • Additional theme and Bulldog points of pride

A date for Phase Three has not been announced but will include

  • Club and Hospitality Room
  • Lobby and Atrium Updates
  • Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Track/Cross Country, and Football locker room renovations
  • Bulldog Athletics Training, Rehabilitation and Strength Conditioning Facility Upgrades
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