Pitt's new Olympic Sports complex, located on 12 acres at the peak of upper campus, will bear the same name as its arena and Institute of NanoScience - Petersen.
That's because the university has has received a generous and substantial gift from alumnus John Petersen and his wife Gertrude for its construction.
The facility, to be named the Petersen Sports Complex, will provide state-of-the-art homes for the Panthers' baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer teams. The Petersen Sports Complex will not only give Pitt student-athletes nationally competitive facilities, but it also will rejuvenate a previously untapped area of land that neighbors the University of Pittsburgh campus.
"The University of Pittsburgh is a world-class institution led by a great chancellor in Mark Nordenberg and his outstanding leadership team that has brought Pitt to the pinnacle of excellence in so many different areas," John Petersen said in a news release sent out by the university. "It is a great pleasure for Gertrude and me to again contribute to the University's success and future."
Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg added in the release, "The extraordinary support that Pitt has received from John and Gertrude Petersen has played a critical role in elevating our University on many important fronts. The Petersen Events Center provided the foundation for the rise to national prominence of our men's and women's basketball teams, gave us a spectacular on-campus site for commencement and other important programs, created a new center of student life, and serves as a bridge between the upper and lower portions of our campus. The Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering positioned our scientists to earn national recognition for the quality of their research in that increasingly important area. Now, their support for our new Petersen Sports Complex will help us turn a long-time dream into a sparkling reality of world-class practice facilities and competition sites for our baseball, softball and men's and women's soccer teams. Pitt is blessed to have enjoyed the support of such wonderful and wonderfully generous people."