Petersen Sports Complex, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
The Petersen Sports Complex, a 12.32-acre multi-sport athletic facility on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is home to the NCAA Division I Pitt Panthers and features a softball field with seating for 600, baseball field with seating for 900, and soccer field with seating for 735. All fields are fully NCAA-compliant and have complete inlays of all lines and markings required for competition-level fields. The complex is located adjacent to the school’s Trees Hall and Cost Sports Center near the university’s other upper campus athletic facilities.
A 30,000 SF support facility houses home/visitor/officials’ locker rooms, concessions, public restrooms, merchandise store and training and exercise rooms. Overcoming topographic challenges on the site was a key component of the design process. Site at a high point on the urban Pitt Campus, the Sports Complex was effectively incorporated into the landscape by terracing the venues and utilizing MSE retaining wall systems at the perimeter of the site.
The artificial turf utilized for each of the venues is a state-of-the-art system that includes synthetic grass fibers with a rubber/sand infill and granular sub-base with a subsurface drainage system adequate to fully drain the fields.
The sports lighting systems fully illuminate the fields for night games. New electronic scoreboards are also provided at each field. An ornamental steel fencing system serves as a unifying element to tie the venues and support facility together, while also providing security for the facility.
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