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Similar to the blueprint Pitt began cultivating in 2000 to entrench itself among the country's finest universities, Pitt Athletics is intent on doing the same from a student-athlete perspective.

The Petersen Sports Complex is built on 12 acres at the peak of Pitt's upper campus, and provides state-of-the-art homes for the Panthers' baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer teams. The Petersen Sports Complex not only gives Pitt student-athletes nationally competitive facilities, but it also rejuvenates a previously untapped area of land that neighbors the University of Pittsburgh campus.

The Petersen Sports Complex
Combined with the premier venues of Heinz Field, the Petersen Events Center, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, and the newly renovated Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Pool, the Petersen Sports Complex will offer students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the North Shore to the booming South Side.

Baseball Stadium | Charles L. Cost Field
The baseball facility includes a press box, team dugouts and hitting and pitching practice areas. Synthetic grass allows the Panthers to play and practice throughout the year and lighting will allow for evening games.

Soccer Stadium | Ambrose Urbanic Field
The men's and women's soccer stadium is a practice and competition venue, complete with synthetic grass field, lighting and a press box.

Softball Stadium | Vartabedian Field
Softball has a skinned infield with an artificial grass outfield, along with lighting. The stadium includes team dugouts, hitting and pitching practice areas and a press box.

Open Date Spring 2011
Surfaces FieldTurf Synthetic Grass
Capacity Baseball (900) / Soccer (735) / Softball (600)

Baseball 330ft base lines, 375ft power alleys and 405ft center field
Soccer 76 yards wide by 120 yards long
Softball 200ft. symmetrically around the outfield
Acres 12.32

What They're Saying About the New Petersen Sports Complex
"Pitt ranks among the best in the world academically and wants to achieve at that same high level athletically. I am incredibly excited about the plans for a new Olympic sports facility. Not only will the facility enhance the Pitt student-athlete experience but it also will make our outstanding University even greater with the opportunities it provides."
Jessica Dignon, (CAS '08), three-time All-Big East honoree and the first Pitt softball student-athlete to play professionally.

"A commitment to this project is an investment in the future of a great university and athletic program. My wife Fran and I are committed to making this facility a reality because of the tremendous impact it will have on the Pitt student-athlete experience."
Charles L. "Corky" Cost, (ENGR '58), Pitt football, basketball and baseball letterman.

"I have had the honor and privilege to experience firsthand the rich tradition of Olympic sports at the University of Pittsburgh. My Pitt experience continues to impact my life to this very day, so I want to ensure that current and future generations of student-athletes have that same lifelong benefit."
Herbert Douglas Jr., (EDUC '48, M.Ed. '50), 1948 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the long jump, Pitt track and football letterman.