ATHLETICS

Facilities

An Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis and handball courts, newly resurfaced jogging track, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, crew training facility and a modern fitness facility, the McNiff Fitness Center, are used by students, faculty and staff. In addition, there is a weight room in the sports center for use by student athletes.

Athletic facilities at the University are among the best in the nation for a school of its size. The Bob Martinez Athletics Center, a 3,432-seat area plays host to varsity volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, intramural and recreational activities and other events throughout the year. Pepin Stadium is considered the finest soccer venue in NCAA II and has been the site of two national championship finals in the 1990s, including a Div. II national championship record crowd of 4,336 in 1994. Pepin Stadium was also the site of the 2001 men's soccer national championship. The new, lighted University of Tampa Baseball Field is home to the four-time national champion Spartan baseball team while the softball team plays on its own-lighted field, built in 1990.

Bob Martinez Athletics Center
The Bob Martinez Athletics Center, named for the UT alumnus who served as Mayor of Tampa, Governor of Florida and President Bush’s cabinet level Drug Czar, was opened in July 1984. The main gymnasium houses three full size courts with permanent seating for 3,432 to view the main court. It also includes training room, weight room, six locker rooms, classrooms and offices for the athletic and physical education departments.

Directions to the Martinez Athletics Center: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next light North Boulevard and find the Martinez Center on the right. From Kennedy Boulevard (Route 60), turn north onto North Boulevard, travel three blocks and the Sports Center is on the left.

Click here to watch a tour of the Martinez Center

Pepin Stadium
Through the generosity of one of Tampa’s most prominent families, The University of Tampa soccer teams have the privilege of playing in one of the finest college facilities in the country, Pepin Stadium.

Named for Tampa businessmen Arthur D. Pepin of Pepin Distributors and his wife Polly, Pepin Stadium was rebuilt and dedicated in 2002. The new facility replaced 80-year-old Pepin/Rood Stadium, site of four NCAA National Championships and numerous other high profile events. An NCAA II attendance record was set during the 1994 championship with a Finals crowd of 4,336.

Pepin Stadium is a 1,500-seat partially covered grandstand with enclosed press box, meeting, storage and rest rooms and a ticket office. The grass field is lighted and bordered by a jogging track. The stadium has hosted five NCAA National Championships, including the 2001 men's title that was won by UT. The venue also hosted the 2008 and 2009 men's and women's championships.

Directions to Pepin Stadium: From I 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you pass the Performing Arts Center and cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next intersection on North Boulevard. Pepin Stadium is down the block on your left. From Kennedy Boulevard (Route 60), turn north onto North Boulevard, travel three blocks and Pepin Stadium is on the right.

University of Tampa Baseball Field
The University of Tampa Baseball Field features a granstand and full-size indoor press box. The facility seats 750 spectators and also features a patio on the first and third base sides for lawn chair seating. The facility features all the amenities, including a view of the downtown Tampa skyline.

The grandstand and press box were built in 2006 as a full concession stand with on-site restrooms was also constructed.

The UT Baseball Field has been the site of numerous NCAA Division II South Regionals and also serves as the host of the annual Tony Saladino Baseball Tournament for area high schools.

Directions to University of Tampa Baseball Field: The field is on the corner of Cass Street and North Boulevard. This can be reached by taking Interstate 275 and taking exit 25 (Ashley Street). Make a right at the first light (Tyler Street); there will be an overpass for the Performing Arts Center and a bridge going over the Hillsborough River. The first light after the bridge is North Boulevard and the baseball field is on the left.

Click here to watch a tour of the UT Baseball Field

Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex
The 40-foot high stadium, including the adjoining berms, seats a total of nearly 2,000 spectators and is designed to blend with the historic Tampa neighborhood and campus buildings. The structure interior incorporates media and guest boxes, concessions, team meeting rooms, training spaces, referee rooms and restrooms.

The stadium is fronted by a plaza, open green spaces for tailgating and arrival activities, 200 parking spaces and a ticket booth.

The 90,000 square-foot field is a synthetic playing surface, which gives students a year-round recreational venue. The field is lined to accommodate various sports, and can be converted to three vertical fields for concurrent practice and intramural play. A natural grass field has also been integrated to the east of the main field.

The complex also includes a one-acre, shaded park to the west of the field, adding campus green space for relaxation and recreation. The park, which helps beautify the Kennedy Boulevard corridor and adds natural beauty to the “gateway to downtown,” connects to the green space and plaza toward the front of the complex.

Directions to the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next light (North Boulevard) and turn right at Kennedy Blvd. The stadium is on the right. The complex is located on Kennedy Blvd., between North Blvd., and Willow Street.

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Naimoli Family Softball Field
The Naimoli Family Softball Field is located directly behind the Bob Martinez Athletics Center. The field was built in 1989 and has seating room for approximately 200 spectators. Named after local businessman and the former owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, the stadium was named after Vince Naimoli and family in 2010. The field features a new press box that was recently completed. Other amenities include lights and covered dugouts. The dimensions of the field are 243 all the way around.

Directions to the Naimoli Family Softball Field: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next light (North Boulevard) and find the softball field on the right. From Kennedy Boulevard (Route 60), turn north onto North Boulevard, travel three blocks and the Martinez Center is on the left. The softball complex is located directly behind the athletics center.

University of Tampa Aquatic Center
The UT Aquatic Center features an eight-length, 25-yard pool with an attached training area. The facility can seat more than 50 spectators in the bleachers and also has availability for additional and lawn chair seating. The center also features an office for the UT swimming staff, locker rooms and a patio/deck area. The facility is located on campus between the library and computer center.

Directions to the University of Tampa Aquatic Center: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the first light upon crossing the bridge and the facility is located on the left-hand side. From Kennedy Boulevard (Route 60), enter the main entrance (Plant Hall) to The University of Tampa and follow the loop. The swimming complex is located on the right-hand side past the library.

Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex
The University of Tampa Tennis Complex features six fully lit courts with seating for the main three courts. The facility can seat approximately 50 spectators in the bleachers and also has availability for additional and lawn chair seating. The tennis complex is located on the west side of North Blvd. between the Bob Martinez Sports Center and the parking garage.

Directions to the University of Tampa Tennis Complex: From Interstate 275, exit at Ashley Street/Downtown West. You are now on Ashley St. Turn right at the first traffic light, Tyler. Tyler merges into Cass as you cross the Cass Street Bridge. Turn left at the next light north boulevard and find the tennis complex on the right. From Kennedy Boulevard (Route 60), turn north onto North Boulevard, travel three blocks and the Martinez Center is on the left. The tennis complex is located on the left-hand side of the street on the other side of the athletics center.

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