UPMC Events Center
Full nameUPMC Events Center
LocationMoon, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°31′13″N 80°12′53″W / 40.520212°N 80.21476°W / 40.520212; -80.21476Coordinates: 40°31′13″N 80°12′53″W / 40.520212°N 80.21476°W / 40.520212; -80.21476
OwnerRobert Morris University
OperatorOak View Group Facilities
Capacity4,000
Construction
Broke groundNovember 8, 2017[1]
OpenedMay 10, 2019[2]
Construction cost$50 million[3]
ArchitectRoss Bianco Architecture[4]
General contractorP. J. Dick Inc.[5]
Tenants
Robert Morris Colonials (NCAA)
Website
https://www.upmceventscenter.com

UPMC Events Center is an indoor arena located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Moon, Pennsylvania as a part of Robert Morris University, replacing the old Charles L. Sewall Center.[6] The UPMC Events Center is the new home of the Robert Morris Colonials men's and women's (NCAA) Division I basketball and women's volleyball teams.[7] The UPMC Events Center was originally scheduled to open in January 2019.[8][1] However, it later opened in May 2019 after the men's basketball team announced all of their 2018-19 games would be played at the North Athletic Complex on campus.

In 2013, a survey was conducted to see if a new sporting and athletic center would be wanted for the university and in 2016, the survey results concluded in an overwhelming favor for the construction of a new sports center.

Events

On February 4, 2019, it was announced via Twitter that the first ever concert to be held at the venue will be Evanescence headlining as part of their unnamed Spring/Summer 2019 US tour with opening act Veridia on May 12.

On February 20, it was announced that Why Don't We will play at the arena as part of their 8 Letters Tour on August 11.

On March 15, it was announced that indie-pop group AJR will play the arena in support of their Neotheater World Tour on November 22. However, the band later postponed[9] the concert due to lead singer Jack Met's illness. The band will take the stage of the arena on January 21, 2020.

On March 18, it was announced that The Doobie Brothers will play the arena as part of a separate concert coinciding with their Supernatural Now Tour with Santana.

On March 21, it was announced that the first basketball game to be held at the arena will be played between Robert Morris and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 12. This will be the 31st matchup between the two teams, with Pitt having won all 30 previous meetings, all of which have been held at the Petersen Events Center.

On March 22, it was announced that indie rock/folk group The Head and the Heart will play the arena on October 14 in support of their upcoming Living Mirage Tour.

On April 8, it was announced that multi-time Grammy nominated artist Sara Bareilles will play the arena on November 15 in support of her upcoming Amidst the Chaos Tour.

On September 9, it was announced that Bob Dylan will play the arena as a part of the college venue leg of the 2019 portion of his continuous Never Ending Tour on November 10.

Facilities

The UPMC Events Center offers a state-of-the-art freeweight and aerobic exercising rooms used for weightlifting and fitness classes. There are also two more rooms that offer sports such as: yoga and wellness programs for students; as well as space for training recreational sports such as: basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer.[10][11] This facility is also fitted with locker rooms, private showering areas, office space and private lockers for the three (NCAA) Division I teams: men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball.

The facilities in this sports center are also used as a venue for conventions, public speakers, expos, concerts, and graduation ceremonies.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Malyk (October 27, 2017). "RMU begins construction on UPMC Events Center; Sewall Center being demolished". RMU Sentry Media. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Chiappazzi, Andrew (May 3, 2019). "Robert Morris University Unveils New UPMC Events Center". The Beaver County Times. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Chiappazzi, Andrew (May 5, 2019). "RMU Hopes New UPMC Events Center Will Enhance University's Profile in Community and in Sports". The Beaver County Times. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Photos from the Construction Site of the New UPMC Events Center at RMU". Ross Bianco Architect. May 30, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Robert Morris University Student Recreation and Fitness Center" (PDF). Breaking Ground. Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania. January 2018. p. 33. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Student Recreation & Fitness Center". Robert Morris University. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Robert Morris To Build UPMC Events Center". Robert Morris University Department of Athletics. January 19, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Conway, Brian (January 20, 2017). "RMU Partners with UPMC on New Events Center for Basketball and Volleyball". NEXTpittsburgh. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Blinn, John. "Update: AJR postpones concert at UPMC Events Center". RMU Sentry Media. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  10. ^ "RMU's Christopher Howard promotes partnership at PowerBreakfast". New Pittsburgh Courier. June 24, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Lewis, Briana (November 14, 2017). "Construction of the UPMC Events Center is Underway". RMU Sentry Media. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "UPMC Events Center Peoples". Robert Morris University. Retrieved July 10, 2019.