The University of Pennsylvania launched their Penn Track & Field and Cross-Country Campaign for Excellence in 2019, which aims to make their track and field program largely self-sustaining and further its prominence. At the centerpiece of the campaign is the construction of the Jane and David Ott Center for Track and Field, a state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility. P. Agnes was selected by the University to serve as the Construction Manager for this project, which broke ground in early October.
The project includes the construction of a +/-72,000 square foot facility, located on the southwest corner of the campus. The Ott Center will offer countless benefits to the University’s track and field athletes, and will feature a banked track, long and high jump pits, a throwing area, +/- 1,010 spectator seats and concession stand.
The Ott Center will offer athletes, and the larger University community, the opportunity to utilize the space during the winter months and poor weather conditions. This space will also function as a warm-up and staging area, which could improve the appeal of competing at Penn Relays and other NCAA outdoor track and field competitions. The addition of a banked track would allow the intercollegiate programs to host and compete in small indoor track and field meets.
The project is expected to complete in Fall 2024. Once complete, the new track and field center will be the only collegiate indoor facility of its kind in the greater Philadelphia region.