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Petersen Sports Complex

Petersen Sports Complex
Petersen Sports Complex
Pitt baseball's Charles L. Cost Field. Ambrose Urbanic Field, the soccer facility, can be seen just over third base.
Former names Olympic Sports Complex
Location Robinson Street Extension, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Owner University of Pittsburgh
Operator University of Pittsburgh
Capacity Ambrose Urbanic Field (soccer):
Charles L. Cost Field (baseball):
Vartabedian Field (softball):
Field size Ambrose 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)
Scoreboard Yes
Broke ground 2008[1]
Opened March 16, 2011
Construction cost $29 million[2]
Architect L. Robert Kimball and Associates
University of Pittsburgh
(baseball, soccer, softball)

Not to be confused with Petersen Events Center.

The Petersen Sports Complex (PSC) is a 12.32 acres (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 universities other upper campus athletic facilities.


  • History 1
  • Complex 2
    • Ambrose Urbanic Field 2.1
    • Charles L. Cost Field 2.2
    • Vartabedian Field 2.3
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Main entrance and ticket plaza
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 and track & field teams 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]

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 alumni 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]

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 goaline 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]

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 feet (91 m) base lines, 375 feet (114 m) power alleys, and be 405 feet (123 m) to center field.[9] The field was named after 3 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]

See also


Support building
  1. ^ a b Paulk, Ralph (2009-10-21). "Pitt lands big donation". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b Zeise, Paul (2009-11-01). "Petersen Complex all part of plan". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b c Lord, Rich (2007-03-27). "City, Pitt, Hill finally agree on Oak Hill project". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  4. ^ Tasser, Donnie (2010-03-24). "Petersen Sports Complex will bring new homes for softball, baseball, soccer". The Pitt News (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ Lord, Rich (2008-07-24). "Pitt, developer to get former public housing land". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  6. ^ Zeise, Paul (2009-10-20). "Pitt's new Olympic Sports complex to bear a familiar name". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  7. ^ a b "The Panthers Drop Inaugural Game at Charles L. Cost Field". 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  8. ^ DiPaola, Jerry (April 7, 2011). "Pitt antes up on facilities for other university sports". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d The Olympic Sports Complex: Only Big Dreams, University of Pittsburgh, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-03 
  10. ^ Hart, Peter; Barlow, Kimberly K. (2011-09-01). "What’s New: Places". University Times (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh). Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  11. ^ Zeise, Paul (2011-04-07). "Pitt to hold grand opening for new complex Saturday". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  12. ^ "Men's Soccer Sees First Action At Petersen Sports Complex". 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  13. ^ "Pitt Baseball Downs Niagara, 9-6, To Capture First Win at Petersen Sports Complex". 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  14. ^ "Berliners Becomes All-Time Winningest Pitcher At Pitt". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 

External links

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A view of downtown Pittsburgh can be seen from the complex
Preceded by
Darragh Street Medical Student Housing
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Petersen Sports Complex

Constructed: 2008-2011
Succeeded by
Last construction
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