Yanitelli Center

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Yanitelli Center
"The Bubble"
Full name Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center
Location 2641 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Owner Saint Peter's University
Operator Saint Peter's University
Capacity 3,200
Surface Hardwood
Opened 1975
Construction cost $6 million
($26.7 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Saint Peter's Peacocks

The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center is a multipurpose athletic facility on the campus of Saint Peter's University, a private, coeducational Roman Catholic college in Jersey City New Jersey, United States. Notable for its air-supported "bubble," the building opened in 1975 at a cost of $6 million and is named after the 17th president of the college.

The facility is the host of home contests at the college's for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming and diving. For men's basketball games, collapsible bleachers are expanded to cover two of the main gymnasium's three full courts and provide a seating capacity of 3,200. For the women's games, only one of the bleachers is opened.

The building also houses an Olympic-size swimming pool with 1- and 3-meter diving boards, a fitness center, a weight room, a racquetball court, and a squash court. The offices for the Department of Athletics are located on the third floor while the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports is in the basement.

Students often refer to the building simply as "The Bubble" due to the air-supported roof, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the campus and in Jersey City. The Bubble covers five roof-top tennis courts and a jogging track. The tennis nets can be removed to provide facilities for indoor athletic practices as well as a venue for intramural sporting events.

Notable events[edit]

On January 9, 2008, the Yanitelli Center hosted a campaign rally for Barack Obama in his successful bid to become to the Democratic candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[2]

On November 17, 2009, Saint Peter's hosted Monmouth University in a men's basketball game, with a 6:00 a.m. start time, as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. The Peacocks prevailed, 58-34.[3]


Coordinates: 40°43′40″N 74°04′23″W / 40.727648°N 74.073173°W / 40.727648; -74.073173