Pensacola State College’s main athletic facility was officially renamed the Louis A. Ross Health and Sports Center on September 23, 1988, honoring the professor, registrar, and first head basketball coach Lou Ross. Coach Ross was instrumental at Pensacola State College, both athletically and academically.
The Ross Center is home to the athletic department administrative offices, the athletic ticket office, an indoor swimming pool, and intercollegiate and intramural locker rooms. The Donn Peery Hall of Fame Room was established on February 15, 2000 in honor of longtime athletic director Peery.
This multi-purpose facility has hosted graduation ceremonies and other events including the Escambia County History Fair, the PSC Summer Dance Workshop, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquets. Candidates Bob Dole, Dick Cheney, and John McCain have all used the Ross Center during presidential campaign stops in Pensacola.
The Ross Center has a total of 11,500 square feet of floor space with the lower levels retracted, and a maximum seating capacity of 1,000.
Pensacola State plays all of its home baseball games at Pirate Field on the campus of Pensacola State College. On August 17, 2000, Pirate Field received a new face lift to the stadium. New grandstands include chairback seats, and a three-room pressbox enables the public address announcer, official scorer, radio, newspaper and television staff to cover all home games in comfort. Pirate Field also improved its dugouts, clubhouse, and concession stand, and additional landscaping was added near the stadium entrance in spring 2009. The dimensions of Pirate Field are 345 feet down the right and left field lines and 365 feet in center field.
In 2007, the basketball gymnasium, having been renovated after Hurricane Ivan struck the campus in 2004, was dedicated as the Ed Hartsell Arena, in honor of PSC’s third president. The Hartsell Arena is located in the Lou Ross Center. The women’s and men’s teams practice and compete in the Hartsell Arena, as do the College’s intramural basketball leagues.
The Pirates play their home games on the Pensacola campus in their brand new 2010 Stadium Facility.
The Pirates began calling the Hartsell Arena, on the Pensacola campus, home in the fall of 2007. After 11 wonderful seasons on the Milton Campus, the volleyball team was the last to complete the transition to join all other Pirates sports teams on the Pensacola campus.
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