Named for Bob Pascal, a 1956 graduate of Duke and a former All-America running back for the Blue Devils who provided a lead gift of $6 million for the project, the 80,000-square foot building is located within the Brooks Practice Facility. The structure features a 120-yard football playing surface.
"When I met Bob Pascal, what I saw was that he's tough," Duke head coach David Cutcliffe told a crowd of over 250 people that included the entire football team. "He's tough like most good football players are tough. He is very competitive in what he does - very competitive. He's very smart, which doesn't surprise me, being a Duke graduate. And then I saw how big his heart was, and certainly he's unbelievably generous.
"And then I quickly figured out - he's All-ACC, All-American and a conference champion - he is everything I want our program to be and our players to be," continued Cutcliffe.
The building, designed and constructed by The Beck Group with primary use scheduled for Duke's football and campus recreation programs, has a 65-foot ceiling at its peak and also includes a filming tower, retractable goalpost and locker room facility for game officials.
In addition to having a dynamic impact on Duke's football program, the indoor facility will significantly augment the school's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department where over 5,000 students participate in club and intramural sports annually.
A native of Bloomfield, N.J., and current resident of Easton, Md., Pascal is the owner of the Pascal Group. He has four daughters, Catherine Anne, Margaret, Clara and Robin. Catherine Anne is a 1979 Duke graduate. A standout on the gridiron at Duke from 1953-55, Pascal was a two-time first team All-ACC pick (1954-55) and first team All-America selection (1955).
He helped the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 20-8-3 including three ACC championships and a 34-7 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1955. Pascal, who served as a Maryland State Senator (1970-74) and Anne Arundel County Executive (1974-82), rushed for 1,523 career yards with 19 touchdowns and was a third round pick of the Baltimore Colts in the 1956 NFL Draft.