UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
Facility officially drops the puck
After two years of construction, the innovative UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex at the intersection of Rt. 228 and I-79 in Cranberry Township is officially open for business and play. The 185,000 square foot complex will serve as the primary practice and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as a comprehensive outpatient facility for UPMC Sports Medicine. Boasting two full-size hockey rinks, 14 locker rooms for amateur and youth hockey teams, 24 exam rooms, and six teams of physicians, it is expected to become a major destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels seeking skill training, performance testing, sports medicine and rehabilitation services.
Cranberry Township Manager Jerry Andree joined Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau President Jack Cohen in welcoming the high-profile addition to the community. The Bureau will coordinate housing arrangements for visitors to the Complex. Over the course of the year, more than 400,000 people are expected to visit the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex with six hockey tournaments already secured.
The excitement for the facility’s opening has been building. More than 12,000 guests attended open house celebrations on Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th. Invitations were sent to Penguins season ticket holders, UPMC employees, construction workers, and local officials, with an additional 10,000 free tickets up for grabs to the general public. Participants had a first-hand look at the new facility as well as the opportunity to test out its ice rink during four and a half hours of open skating.
The $70 million construction project is expected to be an economic engine for the Township, adding an anticipated 100 jobs to the community. The facility anchors the quickly growing Cranberry Springs development, which is slated to host additional office space, retail shops, and three restaurants in its initial phases. The Marriott Townplace Suites, a 96 room hotel located adjacent to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, is currently under construction. Future development on the site will feature transportation access from Cranberry Springs Drive under Route 228 to connect to the Cranberry Woods