Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke stood on the floor of the Petersen Events Center and announced plans for an ambitious construction and renovation project for Pitt Athletics facilities called “Victory Heights” more than a year ago. On Thursday, Lyke unveiled the completion of the project’s first leg through a series of social media posts featuring athletes in the new space.
The Petersen Sports Complex is more than 25,500 square feet bigger after the completion of a year-long renovation project in January. The building now features a new student-athlete lounge, nutrition station, video service center, and updated coaching offices and support spaces.
🏠 digs just went 🆙👀
— Pitt Baseball (@Pitt_BASE) March 4, 2021
The most significant change was the addition of a third story. That floor now houses coaches offices and conference rooms overlooking Vartabedian Field, the home of Pitt softball, which features a view of the Pittsburgh skyline just over the third base bleachers.
The upgraded facility will continue to hold locker rooms and workout facilities for Pitt baseball, soccer and softball, in addition to the newly created women’s lacrosse program, which is set to play their inaugural season in 2021.
Despite being finished earlier this year, the complex’s uses were limited through the fall and the spring semesters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A release from Pitt athletics said that players have not yet been allowed to use common space in the Bill and Sissy Lieberman student-athlete lounge.
“They haven’t had the opportunity to tour the Lieberman Student-Athlete Lounge yet because of the pandemic, but I know they are anxious to come to the facility and see what their investment allowed us to provide for our student-athletes.” Athletic Director Heather Lyke said in a release from the University. “The Lieberman Lounge is my favorite space because it is a place for student-athletes to gather, study, eat, socialize and enjoy the best views of the city on campus.”
Existing spaces for athletic training and equipment services gained some new ground in the facility’s footprint, but most of the work done in those rooms was renovation. The addition of “Victory Tower,” a three-story, glass-encased stairwell which will light up after each home win for the baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse programs.