Pitt to Get New Indoor Facility for Lacrosse; No Varsity Plans
The University of Pittsburgh on Friday announced plans for a new $13.2 million indoor, domed field that will be built to NCAA specifications for lacrosse and soccer.
It's a huge benefit for Pitt's MCLA and WCLA programs — demand for field space for club and intramural teams is at a high, the school says — but the new construction does not signal that varsity lacrosse programs are on the way.
"There aren't any plans right now to add varsity level," Pitt spokesperson John Fedele said on Monday.
The air-supported dome project will include three turf fields and other renovations at the Trees Field Complex, Pitt's property and facilities committee chair John Pelusi told the university's board of trustees on Friday.
"Due to increased freshman enrollment and increasing diversity in sporting clubs, demand for athletic and intramural space has increased rapidly, and field space is at a premium," Pelusi said. "This project is a result of collaboration between the Office of the Provost and Department of Athletics to maximize the availability of athletic and recreational areas on campus for both student-athletes and student intramural needs."
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