Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, from 1909 to June 28, 1970. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team, the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city's National Football League franchise; the stadium served as the home football field for the University of Pittsburgh "Pitt" Panthers from 1909 to 1924. The stadium was named after British general John Forbes, who fought in the French and Indian War, named the city in 1758; the US$1 million project was initiated by Pittsburgh Pirates' owner Barney Dreyfuss, with the goal of replacing his franchise's then-current home, Exposition Park. The stadium was made of steel in order to increase its lifespan; the Pirates opened Forbes Field on June 30, 1909, against the Chicago Cubs, played the final game against the Cubs on June 28, 1970. The field itself featured a large playing surface, with the batting cage placed in the deepest part of center field during games. Seating was altered multiple times throughout the stadium's life.
The Pirates won three World Series while at Forbes Field and the other original tenant, the Pittsburgh Panthers football team had five undefeated seasons before moving in 1924. Some remnants of the ballpark still stand. Fans gather on the site annually on the anniversary of Bill Mazeroski's World Series winning home run, in what author Jim O'Brien writes is "one of the most unique expressions of a love of the game to be found in a major league city". In 1903, Pittsburgh Pirates' owner Barney Dreyfuss began to look for ground to build a larger capacity replacement for the team's then-current home, Exposition Park. Dreyfuss purchased seven acres of land near the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, adjacent to Schenley Park, with assistance from his friend, industrialist Andrew Carnegie; the low-priced land was selected. Dreyfuss signed a contract to "make the ballpark... of a design that would harmonize with the other structures in the Schenley Park district." The site was labeled "Dreyfuss's Folly" due to its long distance—a 10-minute trolley ride—from downtown Pittsburgh, but the land around the park developed and criticisms were dropped.
Official Pirates' records show that Forbes Field cost US$1 million for site acquisition and construction. However, some estimates place the cost at twice that amount. Dreyfuss announced that unlike established wooden ballparks such as the Polo Grounds, he would build a three-tiered stadium out of steel and concrete to increase longevity—the first of its kind in the nation. Charles Wellford Leavitt, Jr. was contracted to design the stadium's grandstand. A civil engineer, Leavitt had founded an engineering and landscape architecture firm in 1897, he had gained experience in steel and concrete constructs while designing the Belmont and Saratoga racetracks. Based on Dreyfuss' architectural requirements, Leavitt presented a plan for Forbes Field—the only ballpark he designed. Pirates' manager Fred Clarke had input into the stadium's design, giving groundskeepers advice on the field, in addition to designing and patenting a device to spread and remove a canvas tarpaulin over the infield in case of rain.
Initial work on the land began on January 1, 1909, but ground was not broken until March 1. Nicola Building Company built the stadium in 122 days and play began less than four months after ground was broken, on June 30. Though the scoreboard was operated by hand, the ballpark featured multiple innovations such as ramps and elevators to assist fan movement throughout the park, a room for the umpires, a visiting team clubhouse similar to the Pirates'; the facade of the stadium featured "buff-colored terra cotta" spelling out "PAC" for the Pittsburgh Athletic Company. The light green steelwork contrasted with the red slate of the roof; some members of the press urged Dreyfuss to name the stadium after himself. However, the owner decided on Forbes Field, in honor of General John Forbes, who captured Fort Duquesne from the French in 1758 and rebuilt a new "Fort Pitt" at the site. In 1935, after Dreyfuss' death, there was renewed media interest in renaming the stadium "Dreyfuss Field", his widow, resisted.
However, a monument to Dreyfuss was placed in center field just in front of the wall. On June 29, 1909, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated 8 -- 1 at Exposition Park; the two teams opened Forbes Field the following day. Fans began to arrive at one-half hours early for the 3:30 pm game. Weather conditions were reported as clear skies with a temperature around 80°. Of the crowd, the Pittsburgh Press wrote, "the ceremonies were witnessed by the largest throng that attended an event of this kind in this or any other city in the country... Forbes Field is so immense—so far beyond anything else in America in the way of a baseball park—that old experts, accustomed to judging crowds at a glance, were at a loss for reasonable figures." Records show that the first game was attended by a standing-room only crowd of 30,338. Various National League officials and owners were present for the opening pre-game ceremonies, including league president Harry Pulliam, Civil War veteran and manager of Pittsburgh's first professional baseball team Al Pratt, American League president Ban Johnson.
Pittsburgh Mayor William A. Magee threw out the stadium's ceremonial first pitch. Mayor Magee was in the second tier and threw the ball to John M. Morin, Director of Public Safety, on the field below. Morin went to the mound and threw the first pitch to the Pirate catch
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The team is coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622. Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision level. Notre Dame is one of the most successful programs in college football; the school claims 11 national championships, but the NCAA recognizes the school with 13. Moreover, Notre Dame has 21 national championships recognized by all major selectors. Notre Dame and Ohio State share the record of seven Heisman Trophy winners, but Notre Dame leads Ohio State by the number of individual winners. Notre Dame has produced 101 consensus All-Americans, 34 unanimous All-Americans, 52 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, 13 members of the NFL Hall of Fame, all NCAA records. Notre Dame has had 495 players selected in the NFL Draft, second only to USC.
All Notre Dame home games have been televised by NBC since 1991, Notre Dame is the only school to have such a contract. It was the only independent program to be part of the Bowl Championship Series coalition and its guaranteed payout, it has one of the largest, most widespread fan bases in college football; these factors help make Notre Dame one of the most financially valuable football programs in the country, which allows the school to remain an independent. Football did not have an auspicious beginning at the University of Notre Dame. In their inaugural game on November 23, 1887, the Irish lost to Michigan by a score of 8–0, their first win came in the final game of the 1888 season when the Irish defeated Harvard Prep School of Chicago by a score of 20–0. At the end of the 1888 season they had a record of 1–3 with all three losses being at the hands of Michigan by a combined score of 43–9. Between 1887 and 1899 Notre Dame compiled a record of 31 wins, 15 losses, four ties against a diverse variety of opponents ranging from local high school teams to other universities.
In 1894, James L. Morison was hired as Notre Dame's first head football coach. Notre Dame took a significant step toward respectability and stability when they hired Morison, he wrote an acquaintance after his first day on the job: “I arrived here this morning and found about as green a set of football players that donned a uniform… They want to smoke, when I told them that they would have to run and get up some wind, they thought I was rubbing it in on them. "One big, strong cuss remarked. Well, maybe you think I didn’t give him hell! I bet you a hundred no one makes a remark like that again.” Morrison had been hired for $40 plus expenses for two weeks. In 1908, the win over Franklin saw end Fay Wood catch the first touchdown pass in Notre Dame history. Notre Dame continued its success near the turn of the century and achieved their first victory over Michigan in 1909 by the score of 11–3 after which Michigan refused to play Notre Dame again for 33 years. By the end of the 1912 season they had amassed a record of 108 wins, 31 losses, 13 ties.
Jesse Harper became head coach in 1913 and remained so until he retired in 1917. During his tenure the Irish began playing only intercollegiate games and posted a record of 34 wins, five losses, one tie; this period would mark the beginning of the rivalry with Army and the continuation of the rivalry with Michigan State. In 1913, Notre Dame burst into the national consciousness and helped to transform the collegiate game in a single contest. In an effort to gain respect for a regionally successful but small-time Midwestern football program, Harper scheduled games in his first season with national powerhouses Texas, Penn State, Army. On November 1, 1913, the Notre Dame squad stunned the Black Knights of the Hudson 35–13 in a game played at West Point. Led by quarterback Gus Dorais and end Knute Rockne—who was soon to be legendary coach—the Notre Dame team attacked the Cadets with an offense that featured both the expected powerful running game but long and accurate downfield forward passes from Dorais to Rockne.
This game has been miscredited as the invention of the forward pass. Prior to this contest, receivers would come to a full-stop and wait on the ball to come to them, but in this contest, Dorais threw to Rockne in stride, changing the forward pass from a seldom-used play into the dominant ball-moving strategy that it is today. Irish assistant Knute Rockne became head coach in 1918. Under Rockne, the Irish would post a record of 105 wins, 12 losses, five ties; the 105 wins account for 12.3% of all wins in Notre Dame football history. During his 13 years, the Irish won three national championships, had five undefeated seasons, won the Rose Bowl in 1925, produced players such as George Gipp and the "Four Horsemen". Knute Rockne has the highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I/FBS football history. Rockne's offenses employed the Notre Dame Box and his defenses ran a 7–2–2 scheme. Rockne posted a 3 -- 1 -- 2 record, he made his coaching debut on September 28, 1918, against Case Tech in Cleveland and earned a 26–6 victory.
Leonard Bahan, George Gipp, Curly Lambeau were in the backfield. With Gipp, Rockne had an ideal handler of the forward pass; the 1919 team had Rockne handle Gus Dorais handle the backfield. The team went undefeated and won t
The Guitar Hero series is a series of music rhythm games first published in 2005 by RedOctane and Harmonix, distributed by Activision, in which players use a guitar-shaped game controller to simulate playing lead, bass guitar, rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, keep the virtual audience excited; the games attempt to mimic many features of playing a real guitar, including the use of fast-fingering hammer-ons and pull-offs and the use of the whammy bar to alter the pitch of notes. Most games support single player modes a Career mode to play through all the songs in the game, both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. With the introduction of Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008, the game includes support for a four-player band including vocals and drums; the series used cover versions of songs created by WaveGroup Sound, but most recent titles feature soundtracks that are master recordings, in some cases, special re-recordings, of the songs.
Titles in the series feature support for downloadable content in the form of new songs. In 2005, RedOctane, a company specializing in the manufacture of unique game controllers, was inspired to create Guitar Hero based on RedOctane's experience creating hardware for Konami's Guitar Freaks arcade game, they enlisted Harmonix, who developed several music video games, for development assistance. The first game in the series was made on a budget of $1 million; the series became successful, leading to the acquisition of RedOctane by Activision in 2007. Harmonix was acquired by MTV Games and went on to create the Rock Band series of music games in the same vein as Guitar Hero. Activision brought Neversoft on board for future development duties. Additional companies, such as Budcat Creations and Vicarious Visions have assisted in the adaptation of the games for other systems; the series has ten major releases and five expansions on gaming consoles. There are spin-offs for Windows and Macintosh systems, mobile phones, the Nintendo DS, an arcade game.
The Guitar Hero franchise was a primary brand during the emergence of the popularity of rhythm games as a cultural phenomenon in North America. Such games have been utilized as a development tool for medical purposes; the first game in the series was considered by several journalists to be one of the most influential video games of the first decade of the 21st century. The series has sold more than 25 million units worldwide, earning US$2 billion at retail, claimed by Activision to be the 3rd largest game franchise after the Mario and Madden NFL franchises. Despite early success, the series, along with the overall rhythm game genre, suffered from poor sales starting in 2009. Company spokesman Eric Hollreiser said consumer research suggested continued solid demand for the series. Still, by early 2011, Activision stated that the series was on hiatus for 2011, while a seventh main title in the series was under development. Activision shut down sales of the series' downloadable content, although users who purchased material from it may still play what they bought.
In 2015, Activision announced the first new title to the series in 5 years, Guitar Hero Live, released in October 2015. The title is considered a reboot of the series, with development being performed by FreeStyleGames, who had developed the DJ Hero games previously; as of December 1, 2018, Activision disabled the GHTV servers for Guitar Hero Live, reducing playable content from 500 songs to 42 on disc tracks. Guitar Hero was created from a partnership between RedOctane their own company that produced specialized video game controllers, Harmonix, a music video game development company who had produced Frequency and Karaoke Revolution. RedOctane was seeking to bring in a Guitar Freaks-like game popular in Japan at the time, into Western markets, approached Harmonix about helping them to develop a music game involving a guitar controller. Both companies agreed to it, went on to produce Guitar Hero in 2005; the title was successful, leading to the development of its successful sequel Guitar Hero II in 2006.
While the original controllers for the first Guitar Hero game were designed by Ryan Lesser, Rob Kay, Greg LoPiccolo and Alex Rigopulous of Harmonix and built by the Honeybee Corporation of China, subsequent iterations and future controllers were developed inhouse at RedOctane, with development led by Jack McCauley. Both RedOctane and Harmonix experienced changes in 2006. RedOctane was bought by Activision in June — who spent US$100 million to acquire the Guitar Hero franchise — while it was announced in October that Harmonix would be purchased by MTV Networks; as a result of the two purchases, Harmonix would no longer develop future games in the Guitar Hero series. Instead, that responsibility would go to Neversoft, a subsidiary of Activision known for developing the Tony Hawk's series of skateboarding games. Neversoft was chosen to helm the Guitar Hero series after Neversoft founder, Joel Jewett, admitted to the RedOctane founders and Charles Huang, that his development team for Tony Hawk's Project 8 went to work on weekends just to pl
Edward V. Babcock
Edward Vose Babcock was a lumber industrialist who served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1918 to 1922. Edward Vose Babcock entered the lumber business from an early age, he ran for City Council in 1911 and began making a political name for himself. Unlike his predecessor "Joe the builder", Babcock's administration had little time to implement much policy, they were too busy dealing with the triple threat of a massive steel strike that created much social dissension and unrest, the 1918-1919 flu pandemic that hit Pittsburgh hard, all this while at the family dinnertables and company lunch rooms around the city the women's suffrage movement tested the strength of families and employers. Despite all of those challenges to Babcock's focus on his agenda, he did make some lasting accomplishments including expansion and groundbreaking of new parks and playgrounds, along with the modernization of some key traffic arteries within the city. In response to the suffrage movement, Babcock became the first mayor to appoint a woman to a cabinet-level position within the city.
After leaving the mayor's office Babcock continued his political career at the county level, becoming a commissioner in 1927. During his rule of Allegheny County he was successful in pushing through the opening of the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, he was instrumental in providing county help to the city for the opening of the triplet bridges, he was extremely generous, purchasing at personal expense 4,000 acres of land for the expansive "North Park" and "South Park" in the county. He died in 1948, being buried in Homewood Cemetery. Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills of Pittsburgh is named for him. Babcock State Park in West Virginia. Babcock Ranch and Babcock Preserve in Florida; the profitable Babcock Lumber and Boom Company, operating out of Davis, West Virginia from 1907, was responsible for devastating environmental damage to much of surrounding Tucker County, including Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods and the Blackwater Canyon. These areas were clear-cut and the landscape converted into a tinderbox by the residual slashings.
By 1910, fires swept over the wasteland burning continuously from spring until the first snows. In 1914, with the county denuded of standing trees, the ground burned continually for 6 months; when the fires subsided, thin mineral soil and bare rock were all. Uncontrollable soil erosion and flooding further degraded and depopulated the region, which bears the scars of the conflagration to the present day
Pittsburgh Panthers football
The Pittsburgh Panthers football program is the intercollegiate football team of the University of Pittsburgh referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Traditionally the most popular sport at the university, Pitt football has played at the highest level of American college football competition, now termed the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, since the beginning of the school's sponsorship of the sport in 1890; as of the 2013 season, Pitt competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt has claimed nine national championships and is among the top 20 college football programs in terms of all-time wins, its teams have featured many coaches and players notable throughout the history of college football, among all schools, the fifth most College Football Hall of Fame inductees, the twelfth most consensus All-Americans, the third most Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. The Panthers are coached by Pat Narduzzi. Pitt plays home games at Heinz Field which they share with the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers and utilize the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Performance Complex as their practice facility.
Football at the University of Pittsburgh began in the fall of 1889 when the school was still known as the Western University of Pennsylvania referred to as WUP, was located in what was known as Allegheny City and is today the city of Pittsburgh's North Side. A 130-pound WUP student, Bert Smyers, along with senior student John Scott, assembled a football team that year composed of only three players who had witnessed the sport; the team played in one informal game, a loss against Shady Side Academy, in which Smyers made himself quarterback and Scott played center. In preparation for the following year, the first season of football recognized by the university and his teammates took up a collection and purchased a football for practices and games. In Smyers' case, his uniform was pieced together by his sister; the first official game for the university was played on October 11, 1890, when the Allegheny Athletic Association's opponent, Shadyside Academy, failed to appear for its game at Exposition Park.
Allegheny A. A. called Smyers. In an inglorious start to Pitt football history, WUP was defeated 38–0. Smyers' team next faced Washington and Jefferson College, losing 32–0, but closed out its inaugural three game season with the university's first win, a 10–4 victory over Geneva College; the following season saw. Smyers suffered a broken nose in a 40–6 loss to Washington and Jefferson, a school that would become one of WUP's fiercest early rivals; the WUP team did record the school's first shutout with a 6–0 win over Geneva, as well as the school's first blowout in a 54–0 win over Western Pennsylvania Medical College who became affiliated with WUP in 1892 and became the university's medical school when they merged in 1908. The most important development for the second season of football was Smyers recruitment of Joseph Trees from Normal University of Pennsylvania; the 210 pound Trees became WUP's first subsidized athlete and in life, made millions in the oil industry and became an important benefactor for the university and athletic department.
Today, Trees Hall, an athletic facility on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, bears his name. The first winning record for the university came in the third season of competition in 1892, when the team posted a 4–2 record; the following season in 1893, the team had its first official coach, Anson F. Harrold, who led the team to an unremarkable 1–4 record. However, during that season the first contest was played in what would become a 96-game series versus Penn State, thus originating one of the longest and fiercest rivalries for both schools. In 1895, the school suffered a 1–6 season under coach J. P. Linn; the 1895 season was notable for the first Backyard Brawl on October 26, 1895, with WUP losing to West Virginia 8–0 in Wheeling, West Virginia. The university did not see another winning season until Fred Robinson led WUP to a 5–2–1 record in 1898. In 1899, Robinson continued his success with a 3–1–1 record, giving the school its first back-to-back winning seasons.
This was followed by two more consecutive winning seasons, including a record seven-win season in 1901 under coach Wilbur Hockensmith. That season, Hockensmith led the school to its first victory over West Virginia, a 12–0 shutout in Morgantown on October 5, 1901. In the early years of the 20th century, interest in college football grew both in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation. In 1903, Arthur St. Leger "Texas" Mosse was hired away from the University of Kansas, brought several of his players with him. Other players were recruited from surrounding Western Pennsylvania colleges, including star half back Joseph H. Thompson; the 1903 season, the first under Mosse, was the university's first winless season at 0–9–1. In one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history, Mosse led WUP to an undefeated 10–0 season, the school's first, in 1904; the 1904 team surrendered only one touchdown on the way to collectively outscoring opponents 406–5. That season saw the school's first victory over Penn State, a 22–5 rout, as well as a 53–0 shutout of West Virginia.
The success of this period can be attributed to actions taken by the university's administration, led by newly installed chancellor Samuel McCormick who took special interest in athletics at the university. Encouraged by university trustee George Hubberd Clapp, the administration more engaged in supporting the athletic program dur
Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball
The Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Pittsburgh referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt men's basketball team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays their home games in the Petersen Events Center; the Panthers were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion twice by the Helms Athletic Foundation and once by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Pitt has reached one Final Four, received 15 First Team All-American selections, appeared in 26 NCAA and nine National Invitation Tournaments and through the 2017–18 season, has recorded 1,601 victories against 1,152 losses since their inaugural season of 1905–06; the University of Pittsburgh began playing men's basketball in 1905–06 under coach Benjamin Printz. The University did not field a team during the 1909 -- 1910 -- 11 seasons; the program was resurrected in 1911 under head coach Wohlparth Wegner, the following year Dr. George M. Flint assumed head coaching duties and began rebuilding Pitt's program from the ground up.
Flint led the Panthers to eight winning seasons during his ten years at the helm and coached future Pitt coach H. C. Carlson. Henry Clifford "Doc" Carlson, MD took over as coach in 1922 and soon turned Pitt into a national power. In the era preceding the initiation of national tournaments, the Panthers were both contemporaneously and retroactively, by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, regarded as national champions; those teams were led by National Player of the Year, 3-time All-American and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Hyatt. Carlson was a ground-breaking coach who would be inducted into the Naismith and Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fames. In the late 1920s, Carlson initiated playing a "national schedule" by taking his teams on midwestern road trips that included games against several Big Ten schools and, in 1931, is credited as the first coach to take an Eastern team out west, he developed the emulated Figure Eight Offense and experimented with various conditioning techniques, including the use of oxygen on the bench.
Under Carlson, led by two-time All-American Claire Cribbs, Pitt continued success throughthe 1930s winning four Eastern Intercollegiate Conference Championships. In 1935, Pitt, as Eastern Intercollegiate champions representing the best of the East, lost a 41–37 season-ending contest to SEC champion LSU in the American Legion Bowl in Atlantic City, a game on which LSU bases its claim on that season's national championship. On February 28, 1940, Pitt played in the first televised basketball game, a 57–37 victory over Fordham at Madison Square Garden, televised by NBC station W2XBS. Carlson led Pitt to its first NCAA appearance en route to the 1941 NCAA Final Four. Carlson's tenure at Pitt's helm lasted for 30 consecutive years before he retired following the 1952–53 season. Pitt moved their competition into the Fitzgerald Field House in 1951, leaving the Pitt Pavilion, housed inside of Pitt Stadium. Pitt would continue to play in the Fieldhouse until 2002. Robert Timmons took over as head coach from Carlson for the 1953–54 season and led by two-time All-American and Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Don Hennon, appeared in two NCAA tournaments during the late 1950s.
Timmons led Pitt to an NCAA appearance in 1963 and its first NIT appearance in 1964. Timmons was succeeded by head coach Charles "Buzz" Ridl who became famous for his'amoebe' defense, an changing man to zone match-up defense. With All-American Billy Knight, Ridl led Pitt to the Elite Eight in 1974, with early round victories over St. Joseph's and Furman. Pitt lost to eventual national champion North Carolina State in the Eastern Regional Final played in Raleigh, North Carolina amid a hostile local crowd; this Pitt team was filled with local players such as Mickey Martin, Jim Bolla, Tom Richards, Keith Starr, Kirk Bruce and Billy Knight, who went on to star in the ABA for the Indiana Pacers and with several teams in the NBA. Following the graduation of Knight and Martin, Pitt made an NIT appearance the following year, Ridl's last before retiring. For the 1976–77 season, Pitt began play as a member of the Eastern 8 Conference. Pittsburgh native Tim Grgurich, an assistant coach under Ridl, became Pitt's next head coach.
He led Pitt into the inaugural 1976–77 season of the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, which would change its name to the Eastern Eight the following year. That initial year, Larry Harris, a 6'6" forward with an impressive outside shot and an ability to score points in traffic, won the league scoring title. Grgurich led Pitt to the 1980 NIT. Grgurich was succeeded by Lafayette coach Dr. Roy Chipman who began Pitt's rollercoaster-like ride back to national significance. In his first season at the helm, the Panthers won the Eastern Eight Conference Tournament. In the 1981 NCAA Tournament, Pitt defeated Idaho in overtime in the first round. Chipman's Panthers enjoyed similar success the following season, defeating archrival West Virginia for their last Eastern Eight Tournament Championship, energized by remarks by WVU Coach Gale Catlett. Pitt lost to Pepperdine in the first round of the 1982 NCAA Tournament to end Chipman's second season and Pitt's last as a member of the Eastern Eight Conference.
For the 1982–83 season, Pitt began play as a member of the Big East Conference. Although Chipman would lead Pitt to three more postseason appearances, he was replaced by Paul Evans as head coach in 1986–87. Led by All-Americans Charles Smith and Jerome Lane, Pitt would capture i
Petersen Events Center
The Petersen Events Center is a 12,508-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It hosts the men's and women's Pitt Panthers basketball teams; the arena is named for philanthropists John Petersen and his wife Gertrude, who donated $10 million for its construction. John Petersen, a Pitt alumnus, is a native of nearby Erie and is the retired President and CEO of Erie Insurance Group; the Petersen Events Center was winner of the 2003 Innovative Architecture & Design Honor Award from Recreation Management magazine. The arena opened in 2002 on part of the former site of Pitt Stadium, which housed the university's football team from 1925–1999; the Pitt men's and women's basketball programs make their home here residing in Fitzgerald Field House. The new building, due to its larger capacity meant that Pitt no longer had to play certain games or hold graduation ceremonies at the Civic Arena, its first event was a Counting Crows concert.
For concerts the Center seats 9,000 for 14,763 for center-stage shows. The first official women's basketball game at the Pete was a 90-51 win over Robert Morris University on November 22, 2002; the first official men's basketball game at the Pete was an 82-67 win over Duquesne University on November 23, 2002. Since its creation through the end of the 2012-13 season, the Pitt men's basketball team has compiled a record of 180–22 at the Pete, including a 9-1 record against teams ranked in the top five. Pitt broke the 100 win mark on November 22, 2008 with an 86-60 win over Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 200 win mark on December 30, 2014 vs Florida Gulf Coast. In 2006, the Pittsburgh Xplosion, a professional basketball team in the Continental Basketball Association, played its first game at the arena; the team folded just prior to the start of the 2008-09 season. In October 2011, a new high definition video board was installed in the Petersen Events Center. Since 2010, the Petersen Events Center has been used as the primary alternative to the much larger PPG Paints Arena, which replaced Mellon Arena, is now the Pittsburgh home of Disney on Ice, hosted the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in its final years.
With 430,000 total square feet, the Pete seats 12,508 for basketball and 9,000 for end stage concerts. The arena features 16,000 square feet of lobby space with 90-foot high ceilings and 42,000 square feet of glass with a visible coating that allows sunlight through while controlling heat loss and gain. A video score board that had previous hung in Pitt Stadium was installed in the lobby; the arena features 18 luxury suites, including five courtside luxury suites and a 193-seat SuperSuite. The section known as the Oakland Zoo is composed of the sections across from the team benches and next to the court; the name comes from the neighborhood where Pitt's campus resides. The students in the Zoo wear gold T-shirts with the words "Oakland Zoo" in some way, shape or form across the front; this layout and unity is a large factor in why the Pete is such a tough place to play for opposing teams. In fact, Pitt has lost only five home non-conference games out of over 120 since the Panthers moved into the Pete in 2002.
In 2006, Sports Illustrated surveyed the Big East Conference's basketball players, the Pete was named the "Toughest Place to Play," with specific players mentioning the Oakland Zoo and the fans' creativity. In 2013, the facility was ranked as having the second best game time environment in the nation by USA Today; the Petersen Events Center has received accolades for being the sixth loudest college basketball venue according to ESPN the Magazine, the eighth best overall college basketball venue according to ESPN's Jason King, among the toughest places for opponents to play in college basketball according to multiple Bleacher Report articles. The Pitt men's basketball team has sold out of season tickets since the venue opened. In 2007 and 2010, "The Pete" hosted first and second-round games of the NCAA Women's Division I Tournament; the Petersen Events Center serves as more than just the home court of the Panthers basketball teams. Located within the facility is a 40,000-square-foot Baierl Student Recreation Center featuring four racquetball courts, two squash courts, Cybex weight machines, a free weight area, aerobics practice room, martial arts room, health assessment area, aerobic area with treadmills, exercise bikes and Stairmaster machines and four plasma TVs.
In addition, the McCarl Panthers Hall of Champions, which pays homage to and displays memorabilia from past Pitt athletics achievements, the official Pittsburgh Panthers Team Store are located in the main lobby of the Pete. Included is the Willis Center for Academics for student athletes which includes computer and writing labs, a math and science area, individual tutor rooms, a career resource area; the arena was one of the home courts for the Pittsburgh Xplosion Continental Basketball Association team, the city's only professional basketball squad at the time, before it folded prior to the 2008-09 season. A food court is located within the Pete and is available to students and others during the weekdays in addition to when events are being hosted within the arena; the arena features and auxiliary practice basketball facility, athletic training and media facilities. The Pete hosts the University's commencement ceremony. 2004: Jeopardy! College Championship 2005: Senior Olympics 2007: NCAA Women's Division I Basketball C