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.
A 12,508-seat basketball and multipurpose arena, the Petersen Events Center, serves as the home for the Pitt men's and women's basketball programs, as well as numerous campus events, graduation ceremonies, concerts and modern recreational and fitness facilities.
Combined with the premier venues of Heinz Field, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, the newly renovated Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Pool, and the upcoming addition of the Petersen Sports Complex, the Petersen Events Center offers students, parents and fans an enthralling sports experience that stretches from Oakland to the South Side to the booming North Shore.
Student and Player Amenities
The Petersen Events Center serves as the home of the Pitt Athletic Department and Hilda M. Willis Center for Academics for student-athletes. The academic center includes a computer lab with 17 computers, writing lab, math/science area, individual tutor rooms, counseling offices, career resource area, and media room.
The Baierl Student Recreation Center boasts 40,000 square feet of recreation space including four racquetball courts, two squash courts, Cybex weight machines, a large free-weight area and state-of-the-art aerobic areas.
The Lignelli Family Practice Gym is a full size auxiliary practice gymnasium allowing teams to train even when the main court is in use.
Game day accommodations include four luxury courtside suites, 12 luxury club level suites, a luxury courtside special event suite and the finest club lounge in college basketball.
Also included are 2,000 club seats, 106 courtside seats, four courtside luxury suites, one special event courtside suite, 12 club level luxury suites and college basketball's finest club lounge.
The building's Restaurant Row has nine major concession areas with 66 total points of sale, featuring a five-store food court that is open daily as well as on game day.
It additionally houses the McCarl Panther Hall of Champions, a walking museum of Pitt Athletics both past and present.