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Pitt Receives $1.25 Million Gift for Victory Heights Strength & Conditioning Center

Pitt Receives $1.25 Million Gift for Victory Heights Strength & Conditioning Center

Pitt has received a $1.25 million donation toward the new strength and conditioning center that will be part of the university’s Victory Heights athletics facilities project.

Jeff and Sandra Matrcheck made the donation, athletic director Heather Lyke announced on Wednesday, and the facility will be named the Martchek Family Strength and Conditioning Center.

“We are extremely grateful to the Martchek Family for their belief and support of Victory Heights,” Lyke said in a press release. “Jeff and Sandra are incredible supporters of Pitt Athletics and their leadership and commitment have been critical in moving Pitt Athletics forward. This generous gift represents a real opportunity for our student-athletes to train and learn in a state-of-the-art environment designed to help foster success at the highest levels. The Martchek Family Strength and Conditioning Center will have immediate and lasting impact for our student-athletes and coaches.”

Jeff Martchek in a 1987 Pitt alumnus and is the president of homebuilding operations for NVR, the parent company of Heartland Homes and Ryan Homes.

The title gift marks the first of the three facilities currently approved for construction to have a name. The strength and conditioning facility will be built alongside a new 3,500-seat arena on the plot of land next to Petersen Events Center. A new indoor track and field and marching band facility will be constructed along Robinson Street on the terrace below Cost Center.

Construction on the first phase of the project, which includes the strength and conditioning facility and the multipurpose arena, is scheduled to begin in 2021.

The entire first two phases of the project are expected to cost $250 million. Lyke said in announcing the project last Tuesday that 10 six- or seven-figure donors had already been identified.

The university has guaranteed the debt load for the project, while the athletics department is attempting to fundraise to defray the cost.

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