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Pitt sports complex to be ready next spring

| Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Pitt men's and women's soccer, baseball and softball teams will move onto new on-campus home fields this spring when the $28 million, 12.32-acre Petersen Sports Complex is ready for occupancy.

Since Pitt Stadium was torn down in 1999, Pitt soccer has played games at various high schools and Founder's Field in Harmarville (the team's current home). Men's coach Joe Luxbacher, who is entering his 27th season, believes the 735-seat soccer stadium will help recruiting.

"You need those game-changing players to win, and to get those game-changing players, you need everything," said Luxbacher, whose team was 2-13-2 last year. "You need the facility. You do that every year over three or four years, and all of a sudden it's a different team. (The lack of a campus home) was hurting more than I realized, recruiting-wise."

The Petersen Sports Complex is located at the top of Pitt's upper campus, about a block from Fitzgerald Field House.

-- Jerry DiPaola

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