About Us

The John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center provides unprecedented recreational opportunities for University of Pittsburgh students. From Pitt Panthers Division I basketball, to space for concerts, commencement, and other sports, the Petersen Events Center has it all.

Facility Facts


Joint Venture Partners
Pittsburgh, Pa.


$10 million was donated by John and Gertrude Petersen—At the time, the largest single donation in Pitt’s history.

$53 million in state funds were committed.

Arena Size

430,000 total square feet, which includes an auxiliary basketball practice facility, office space, media space, and athletic training facilities

Seating Capacities

12,508 for basketball, 9,000 for end-stage concerts

Premium Seating

Five courtside luxury suites, six club suites, six loge suites, and five building levels, which include the main lobby, event, lawn, club, and concourse levels.

Unique Features

  • 16,000 square feet of lobby space with 90' high ceilings
  • 40,000-square-foot student recreational center
  • Incredible view of the entire University of Pittsburgh campus
  • Permanent wood floor with 1,200 courtside student seats
  • McCarl Panthers Hall of Champions, which is the grand showcase for the University of Pittsburgh’s illustrious athletic achievements
  • Pittsburgh Panthers merchandise shop, which features the world’s largest selection of Pittsburgh Panthers merchandise
  • One of the only arena's in the country to feature 5 courtside luxury suites allowing our guests close up access to basketball and concert action

Premiere Performances

Counting Crows concert—October 13, 2002

Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball

First Women’s Basketball Game vs. Robert Morris University—November 22, 2002

First Men’s Basketball Game vs. Duquesne University—November 23, 2002