When renovations were announced for Saint Joseph's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, it was explained that the Hawks would have to play their home games at the Palestra for a season.
According to St. Joe's athletic director Don DiJulia, it will be the 2008-09 season.
Buildings on the Overbrook Avenue side of the Fieldhouse started coming down yesterday. The new practice facility, part of the project, will be opened in time for next season. The entire project, including the renovated Fieldhouse, will be completed in time for the 2009-10 season.
St. Joe's officials are in discussions with Penn officials to get Palestra dates for next season. Saturday nights are taken during the Ivy League season for Penn's men and women. St. Joe's could end up with some Saturday day games. There also could be St. Joe's-Penn doubleheaders. It will all be worked out over time. *
- Dick Jerardi