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. 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. The court was dedicated to Peter Aquilone on December 1, 2004, after he died. 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. The Genovesi Center was named for former state Assemblyman Anthony J. Genovesi. The Genovesi Center hosts the Terriers Women’s Volleyball games and is regularly used for intramural games.