Fitzgerald Field House

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Coordinates: 40°26′37″N 79°57′51″W / 40.443508°N 79.964149°W / 40.443508; -79.964149

Fitzgerald Field House
Center
Location Allequippa St & Darragh St Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Opened December 15, 1951
Owner University of Pittsburgh
Operator University of Pittsburgh
Capacity 4,122[1]
Tenants
Pittsburgh Panthers
(volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, & indoor track)
formerly
Pittsburgh Panthers basketball (1951-2002)
Duquesne Dukes men's basketball (1956-1964)

Fitzgerald Field House is a 4,122-seat multi-purpose athletic venue on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Fitzgerald Field House is named for Rufus Fitzgerald, a past chancellor (1945–1955) of the university. It is the primary home competition venue for the university's gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams.

Usage[edit]

Courts inside Fitzgerald Field House

Fitzgerald Field House is the competitive venue for the Pitt varsity sports of volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling. With an indoor track, the Field House also serves as the primary indoor facility for the university's track and field team, as well as housing the wrestling training facility and the primary training and weight facilities for Pitt's Olympic sports. In addition, it contains the offices and locker rooms for baseball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, and tennis. The facility also has squash courts. The Field House is connected by an underground tunnel to Trees Pool and the Gymnastics Training Center, both located in Trees Hall.

Built in 1951, Fitzgerald Field House was, for five decades, the home of Pitt's basketball program. The Field House provided a home court advantage that allowed the program to achieve a 414-175 (.703) record while utilizing the facility.[2] It also served as the home basketball court of Pitt's intracity rival, the Duquesne University Dukes, from 1956-57 to 1963-64.[3] From the 1980s until 2002, the Pitt men's basketball team also played selected Big East Conference and non-conference games at Mellon Arena. Pitt's women's basketball team also used the Field House as their primary home court. Both the men's and women's Pitt basketball teams moved to the Petersen Events Center in 2002.

In 1999, Fitzgerald Field House underwent a $3.8 million ($5.4 million today) in renovations of existing facilities and a major addition to the west side of the building for locker rooms, team dressing rooms, and training and equipment rooms.[4] In the summer of 2005, the wrestling training facility built in 1951 was reconstructed to be twice the size of the previous training facility and also received new floor and wall mats, a new ventilation system, new lighting, a video and recruitment room, and a balcony suspended above the mats featuring cardio equipment.[5] In addition, an Olympic sports weight room was added to serve as a primary training facility for over 300 Pitt student-athletes and includes Hammer Strength and Nautilus Next Generation machines, nearly 8,600 pounds of free weights, and a comprehensive cardiovascular unit, including treadmills, stationary bikes and the Stairmaster Gauntlet.[6] The renovations and addition of the weight room reduced the seating capacity from the original 6,798 seats to a capacity of 4,122.

Further renovations of the Field House in 2008 totaled $1.4 million ($1.5 million today) and included new volleyball courts and installation of seating and electronic equipment to meet NCAA requirements.[7][8] In November, 2011, the Nathan Hershey Athletic Training Facility was dedicated in the Field House.[9]

Notable events[edit]

The Wrestling Room

References[edit]

Olympic sports training facility
  1. ^ "Pitt Volleyball 2010 Quick Facts". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Pitt Basketball All-Centennial Team". PittsburghPanthers.com. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ Saba, Dave, ed. (2009). 2009-10 Duquesne University Men's Basketball Media Guide. Duquesne University Athletics Media Relations Department. pp. 110–112. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Construction, renovation projects outlined". University Times 31 (3) (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh). 1998-10-01. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ Pitt Wrestling Welcomes New Training Facility
  6. ^ Athletic facilities: Fitzgerald Field House
  7. ^ "Pitt Property and Facilities Committee Approves $120 Million in Construction and Renovation Projects" (Press release). University of Pittsburgh. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  8. ^ Barlow, Kimberly K.; Hart, Peter (2008-08-28). "What's New? Places". University Times 41 (1) (University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Nathan Hershey Athletic Training Facility Dedication". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  10. ^ National Wrestling Hall of Fame 1957 NCAA Collegiate Championship
  11. ^ "Crowd of 8,500 Jams Pitt's Field House to Hear President". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). 1962-10-13. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  12. ^ "Pitt Expects Record Draw In Gym Meet". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA). 1963-03-24. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  13. ^ "Pitt Wins Volleyball Tourney". The Pittsburgh Press. 1979-11-18. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  14. ^ Pittsburgh to Host the NCAA Regional Competition, 4-1-98
  15. ^ Steele, Bruce (2002-12-05). "Pitt expected to be hub for National Senior Games". University Times 35 (8) (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  16. ^ EAGL History
  17. ^ EWL Archive
  18. ^ Note: Fitzgerald Field House has hosted at least 12 Big East Tournament Championships. Records of host site prior to 1986 not found.
  19. ^ 2004 Villanova Volleyball Media Guide, pg 19
  20. ^ 2008-09 Big East Championship Schedule

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Preceded by
Salk Hall
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Fitzgerald Field House

Constructed: 1951
Succeeded by
Lothrop Hall
Preceded by
Pitt Pavilion
Home of the
University of Pittsburgh Basketball
Fitzgerald Field House

1951 – 2002
Succeeded by
Petersen Events Center
Preceded by
Duquesne Gardens
Home of the
Duquesne University Men's Basketball
Fitzgerald Field House

1956 – 1964
Succeeded by
Mellon Arena