The University of Pittsburgh this week unveiled plans and renderings for a $240 million athletic center that will include a 3,000-seat arena, as well as space for athletic training, sports performance and sports medicine facilities.
The project was approved Thursday by Pitt's Property and Facilities Committee, and the plans will now need to be approved by the city, which is expected early next year.
Athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement that she's grateful for the university's support of such an ambitious plan for athletics.
"Victory Heights is the latest example of Pitt’s vision to transform our training and teaching environments to allow our student-athletes to achieve at the highest competitive levels,” said Lyke. “This is more than an investment in facilities — it’s an investment in our young people and their championship dreams at Pitt.”
According to a press release, the $240 million project will include:
- A cutting-edge athletic performance center that will serve the strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition, and mental well-being needs for 16 of Pitt's 19 intercollegiate athletics programs.
- A 3,000-seat arena for gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling. Each of those teams currently practice and compete in the 70-year-old Fitzgerald Field House.
Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for early 2023. Check out the renderings of the new facility below: