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WATCH: Pitt Football Unveils Major New Upgrades to Locker Room

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Pitt football locker room upgrade.

The arms race in college football revolves primarily around NIL opportunities these days, but you can’t be left behind when it comes to the facilities either.

Pitt last upgraded its facilities at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in 2015, but the Panthers unveiled major upgrades to the locker room Friday. It’s complete with custom locker seating, custom electronic nameplates, new technology and general aesthetic upgrades across the board.

It’s the latest facility upgrade for the Panthers at the South Side facility, which, of course, is shared with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was significant discourse when the Steelers ranked 28th in a recent NFLPA team and facilities report card, as voted upon by the players. The Steelers players significantly disliked the team locker room, which ranked 30th among NFL teams, and the majority of players said the locker room wasn’t big enough.

The 25-year-old facility is constrained in expansion by the footprint of its South Side parcel between the Monongahela River and a set of railroad tracks, making adding onto the facility complicated and expensive.

Pitt showed upgrading the facility in a major way is certainly possible even with space constraints.

It’s a draw for potential Pitt recruits to share a facility — and a practice field — with the Steelers, and while that may not be the case in the near future, the Panthers’ facilities on the South Side should be a considerable draw. The cafeteria and team rooms are often complimented by potential recruits.

Pitt is in the middle of its official visit window, hosting seven confirmed visitors on the South Side this weekend, and they’ll be able to check out their — potential — future home in all its glory now that the upgrades are completed.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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