Petersen Sports Complex

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Pitt baseball's Charles L. Cost Field. Ambrose Urbanic Field, the soccer facility, can be seen just over third base.
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Petersen Sports Complex
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Petersen Sports Complex
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Petersen Sports Complex
Location in the United States
Former namesOlympic Sports Complex
LocationRobinson Street Extension, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°26′41″N79°58′00″W / 40.444612°N 79.966535°W / 40.444612; -79.966535
Owner University of Pittsburgh
OperatorUniversity of Pittsburgh
Capacity Ambrose Urbanic Field (soccer):
Charles L. Cost Field (baseball):
Vartabedian Field (softball):
Field sizeAmbrose Urbanic Field (soccer): 76 yards (69 m) wide by 120 yards (110 m) long
Charles L. Cost Field (baseball): 300 feet (91 m) base lines, 375 feet (114 m) power alleys, and 405 feet (123 m) center field
Vartabedian Field (softball): 200 feet (61 m) symmetrically around the outfield
Surface FieldTurf (baseball/softball: Classic; soccer: Duraspine)
Broke ground2008 [1]
OpenedMarch 16, 2011
Construction cost$29 million [2]
ArchitectL. Robert Kimball and Associates
University of Pittsburgh
(baseball, soccer, softball)

The Petersen Sports Complex (PSC) is a 12.32-acre (4.99 ha) multi-sport athletic facility on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It houses Charles L. Cost Field, Vartabedian Field, and Ambrose Urbanic Field, the respective home practice and competition venues of the university's NCAA Division I varsity athletic baseball, softball, and men's and women's soccer teams. Known as the Pittsburgh (Pitt) Panthers, these teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The complex is located adjacent to the school's Trees Hall and Cost Sports Center near the remainder of the university's other upper campus athletic facilities.

University of Pittsburgh American state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on the edge of the American frontier. It developed and was renamed as Western University of Pennsylvania by a change to its charter in 1819. After surviving two devastating fires and various relocations within the area, the school moved to its current location in the Oakland neighborhood of the city; it was renamed as the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. Pitt was a private institution until 1966 when it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

Pittsburgh City in western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. A population of about 301,048 residents live within the city limits, making it the 66th-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,324,743 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 27th-largest in the U.S.

Pennsylvania State of the United States of America

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Main entrance and ticket plaza
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Entrance plaza

The sports complex was a project that had been in development since the 1999 closure of Pitt Stadium on the university's campus. With the demolition of the stadium, the soccer teams, track & field teams, marching band and many intramural programs of the university lost their homes. The university's baseball and softball teams had long been playing in what had been deemed as inadequate facilities on Trees Field tucked behind the school's indoor Cost Sports Center. [3] In the interim, the soccer teams had moved their home games to off-campus Founders Field in Cheswick. [4]

Pitt Stadium

Pitt Stadium was an outdoor athletic stadium in the eastern United States, located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1925, it served primarily as the home of the university's Pittsburgh Panthers football team through 1999. It was also used for other sporting events, including basketball, soccer, baseball, track and field, rifle, and gymnastics.

Pittsburgh Panthers baseball

The Pittsburgh Panthers baseball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate baseball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt baseball team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays their home games at Charles L. Cost Field in the Petersen Sports Complex. It is the university's oldest recorded sport, dating to 1869. Prior to joining the ACC in 2013-14, Pitt had won both the Big East Conference regular season and Big East Tournament championships. The Panthers have also received four First Team All-American selections, and have appeared in three NCAA championships. 52 Panthers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Pittsburgh Panthers softball

Pittsburgh Panthers softball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate softball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt softball team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays their home games at Vartabedian Field in the Petersen Sports Complex.

The complex was built on the former Robinson Court housing project. The land was obtained after five years of sometimes contentious negotiations between the university, a housing developer, and the City of Pittsburgh. [3] The final cost of the 12.3-acre (50,000 m2) site for the university was a total contribution of $7 million in payments and community contributions which doubled the 2005 bid of several developers. [3] The land sale was formally approved and Pitt acquired the parcel in the second half of 2008. [5] Ground was broken on the complex in the fall of that year. [1] The estimated cost of the complex's construction is $29 million. It is named after alumnus John Petersen and his wife Gertrude who donated an undisclosed amount for its construction. [6] The baseball field has been named Charles L. Cost Field, after an alumnus who is also the namesake of the neighboring Cost Sports Center, while the softball field has been named Vartabedian Field and the soccer field has been named Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Petersen Sports Complex hosted its first official athletic contest with a March 16, 2011 baseball game between Pitt and Kent State. [7] Grand opening ceremonies, termed the "First Pitch Event", occurred on April 9, 2011, and featured contests involving all four sports teams that will use the facility. [8]

Kent State Golden Flashes baseball

The Kent State Golden Flashes baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, United States. The team competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Mid-American Conference. The head coach is retired Major League Baseball player Jeff Duncan, who was hired in June 2013.

Following completion of the sports complex, the former baseball and softball facilities on Trees Field are planned to be turned into a new track and field complex. [9]


The Petersen Sports Complex includes three competition and practice venues, including for baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer. In addition, the complex includes a two-story, 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) support building that houses locker rooms for each sport as well as dedicated equipment and athletic training facilities. [10] An indoor batting practice facility, serving both the baseball and softball teams, is also contained within the facility and is located adjacent to baseball's Charles L. Cost Field. [11] A concessions area is located within the portion of the support building that runs along the southeast goal line of the Ambrose Urbanic soccer field. Outside of the facility, a ticket book is adjacent to an entrance plaza that contains a depiction of the University of Pittsburgh's seal in its granite surface. Within the entrance plaza is a statue of the silhouette of an athlete representing each of the fours teams that call the complex home. Behind each of these figures are plaques honoring those that contributed to the construction of the facility.

Ambrose Urbanic Field

The men's and women's soccer facility includes the 735-seat Ambrose Urbanic Field. Used for both practice and competition, the facility includes lighting and a press box. [9] The soccer pitch will use the FIFA-certified "Duraspine" version of FieldTurf as found in Gillette Stadium and Qwest Field. [2] The first game held at the soccer facility was an exhibition played by the men's team against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on March 20, 2011. [12]

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball.


FieldTurf is a brand of artificial turf playing surface. It is manufactured and installed by FieldTurf Tarkett, a division of French company Tarkett Inc. FieldTurf is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and its primary manufacturing facility is located in Calhoun, Georgia, United States. With a design intended to more accurately replicate real grass, the new product rapidly gained popularity in the late 1990s and changed the industry.

Gillette Stadium stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution

Gillette Stadium is a stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). In 2012, it also became the home stadium for the football program of the University of Massachusetts (UMass), while on-campus Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium was undergoing renovations. Gillette will continue to host higher attended home games.

Charles L. Cost Field

The baseball facility includes the 900-seat Charles L. Cost Field, a press box, in-ground team dugouts, bullpens, and hitting and pitching practice areas. Field Turf synthetic grass is installed in both the infield and outfield to allow for play and practice throughout the year and lighting is installed for evening games. The field has 300-foot (91 m) base lines and 375-foot (114 m) power alleys, and is 405 feet (123 m) to center field. [9] The field was named after three-sport letterman and former Pitt football running back Charles L. "Corky" Cost. The scoreboard was donated by Armand C. Dellovade.

The first game held at Cost Field was a 10–7 Pitt loss to Kent State on March 16, 2011. [7] Pitt's first win at the facility was a 9–6 victory over Niagara on March 18, 2011. [13]

Vartabedian Field

The softball facility includes the 600-seat Vartabedian Field, which features a skinned infield with an artificial grass outfield. The stadium includes team dugouts, hitting and pitching practice areas, lighting, and a press box. [9] The first softball game played at Vartabedian Field was a 2–1 Pitt victory over Penn State on March 29, 2011. [14]

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Support building
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A view of downtown Pittsburgh can be seen from the complex
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Petersen Sports Complex

Constructed: 2008-2011
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