Generoso Pope Athletic Complex

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Generoso Pope Athletic Complex
The Pope
Former names Pope Physical Education Center
Location 180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Coordinates 40°41′35.33″N 73°59′31.79″W / 40.6931472°N 73.9921639°W / 40.6931472; -73.9921639Coordinates: 40°41′35.33″N 73°59′31.79″W / 40.6931472°N 73.9921639°W / 40.6931472; -73.9921639
Opened 1971[1]
Expanded October 10, 2003 (9,000 sqft Genovesi Center)[2]
Operator St. Francis College
Construction cost US$6,000,000 (Genovesi Center)[3]
Capacity 1,200 (Daniel Lynch Gymnasium)
Tenants
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers

Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, also known as The Pope, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is located on Remsen Street, between Court and Clinton Streets, within St. Francis College. The Pope is named after Generoso Pope, an Italian immigrant who rose to prominence in New York City. It is the core of St. Francis College’s athletic facilities. On the lower level is the Aquatics Center, above it is the Daniel Lynch Gymnasium and on the fourth floor is the Genovesi Center.

The Daniel Lynch Gymnasium is the centerpiece of The Pope and it hosts the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams games.[4] The Gymnasium has a capacity of 1,200 seats. The teams play on Peter Aquilone Court, which was named after Peter Aquilone, the son of former Athletic Director and St. Francis alumnus Edward Aquilone, ’60.[4] The court was dedicated to Peter Aquilone on December 1, 2004, after he died.[5] The Gymnasium is named after alumnus Daniel J. Lynch, who coached the Terriers for 21 years and led them to 3 Regular Season Conference Championship wins and is the All-Time Terrier Coach wins leader.

The Aquatics Center has a competition-sized pool (six-lanes by 25-yards). It is home to the nationally ranked Men’s Water Polo team (three NCAA Final Four appearances), the Women’s Water Polo Team and home meets for the College’s Swimming and Diving Teams.

The Genovesi Center is a recent 9,000 square-foot addition to The Pope and was built on top of the Daniel Lynch Gymnasium in 2003.[3][6] The Genovesi Center was named for former state Assemblyman Anthony J. Genovesi.[6] The Genovesi Center hosts the Terriers Women’s Volleyball games and is regularly used for intramural games.

Popular culture[edit]

Different locations at The Pope have been used for backdrops to various scenes for film and television. The pool has been used to film scenes for the movie Across the Universe (2007) and the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords.[7][8] The Peter Aquilone Court has been used for filming by the Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.[8]

In 2011, attending a Terriers game was named one reason to love New York by New York Magazine in their seventh annual Reasons to Love New York 2011 piece.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terrier Magazine Fall 2007". SFC.edu. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Genovesi Center Opens". canarsiecourier.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "B'klyn Hts. Getting New Sports Facility". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Generoso Pope Athletic Complex". sfc.edu. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "St. Francis (NY) To Dedicate Basketball Court to Peter Aquilone". northeastconference.org. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "New Center At St. Francis College To Be Named After Genovesi". canarsiecourier.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sets: Across the Universe". http://www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "SFC Film Shoots". sfc.edu. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "12. Because To Hell With the NBA. Go, St. Francis!". New York Magazine. Retrieved 4 November 2012.