|Facilities: Gymnastics Training Center
At almost 12,000 square feet, it is second-largest training facility in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League and one of the largest in the Northeast Region. There are two complete vaulting set-ups, one of which lands into a resipit and one into foam block. Three sets of uneven bars are being used at the new facility including one over a resipit. There is also a single bar over a foam block/resipit and a trench bar system.
The new facility houses five balance beams, complete with mount and dismount areas, space for low beams, stacked beams and beam dismounts into pits. A full floor exercise includes tumbling pits off the end and a rod floor/tumble trac into a resipit. Next to the resipit is an in-ground trampoline and added features to the facility include space for lockers, bench seating, cardio equipment and music center as well as mirrors and record boards.
The facility was completed in the early fall and on October 23, 2004, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place with Pittsburgh Athletic Director Jeff Long, Senior Associate Athletic Director Carol Sprague, former Panther head coach and current Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Life Donna Sanft, and many former Panther gymnasts on hand to open the training center.
The new Gymnastics Training Center allows for the equipment to remain in place at all times. It includes new resi and foam pits, allowing for safer training. The gymnasts are able to attempt higher-level skills because they are in a safer environment.
In addition to the difficulty level the gymnasts have been able to train at, the facility has allowed the coaches to recruit higher-level gymnasts. The setup and equipment have been appealing to many top-notch gymnasts because they know they will be able to maintain their current level of difficulty as well as improve.