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