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The Fitzgerald Field House is home to the following Pitt sports: Gymnastics, Indoor Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling
Combined with the premier venues of the Petersen Events Center, Heinz Field, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, Trees Pool, and the upcoming addition of the Petersen Sports Complex, the Fitzgerald Field House and offers students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the South Side to the booming North Shore.
Built in 1951, it was named for Rufus H. Fitzgerald, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from 1944-1945.
The Field House also hosted the 1957 NCAA Wrestling Championships
The facility serves as the competitive venue for several of Pitt's sports including volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling. It is also used as an indoor partial practice facility for the track and field team.
It has housed such events as the NCAA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championships, several Big East Volleyball Championship events and the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.
Fitzgerald Field House is equipped with a training facility featuring Hammer Strength and Nautilus Next Generation machines. It additionally boasts nearly 8,600 pounds of free weights that add to the variety of the Panthers' strength and conditioning programs. The weight room also features a comprehensive cardiovascular unit, including treadmills, stationary bikes and the Stairmaster Gauntlet for a full-body workout.
One of the most attractive additions to the Fitzgerald Field House are the spacious new locker rooms for the Panthers' Olympic Sports teams. The locker rooms include pro-style individual wooden lockers and audiovisual systems for exclusive use by the Panthers. The locker rooms provide an impressive home for Pittsburgh's athletes.
The 2005-06 season brought changes to the Pitt wrestling program as it welcomed a new training facility located in the Fitzgerald Field House. The original wrestling room was built in 1951 along with the rest of the Field House, but hadn't been updated until that summer.
The new wrestling room is twice the size of the previous training facility and contains new floor and wall mats. In addition, the room is equipped with a new ventilation system and lighting. Adding to the facility is a video and recruitment room as well as a balcony suspended above the mats featuring new cardio equipment for additional training.
The wrestling facility was built as part of Pitt's "Quest for Excellence": The athletic department's initiative that was developed to enhance facilities and give student-athletes more scholarship opportunities.