Athletics Facilities

Grandizio Athletic Complex in Pittsburgh

Shady Side Academy student-athletes have the luxury of practicing and competing on some of the finest athletic facilities in Western Pennsylvania.

Senior School CAMPUS

The SSA Senior School campus is home to the Robert J. Grandizio Athletic Complex, which includes a multipurpose turf stadium with lights and track, five grass athletic fields, two gymnasiums, a hockey arena, a pool, three squash courts and 10 tennis courts. The facilities are used by Senior and Middle School teams throughout the school year, as well as by summer camps and community groups.

Michael J. Farrell Stadium

Michael J. Farrell Stadium

Dedicated in 2012, Michael J. Farrell Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that is home to SSA's football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field teams. The stadium includes McKelvy Field (an artificial turf surface), the Posner eight-lane all-weather track, jump pits, home and away grandstands, a press box, and an entrance plaza with ticket and concession booths. State-of-the-art stadium lighting fixtures allow teams to play after dark and provide the perfect "Friday Night Lights" setting.

Roy McKnight Hockey Center

McKnight Hockey Center

Home to SSA's ice hockey teams, the Roy McKnight Hockey Center features an NHL-sized ice surface and is regularly regarded as one of the best regulation surfaces in Western Pennsylvania. Having our own on-campus arena means SSA hockey teams have priority ice time for afternoon practices and home games – no fighting for ice time at a community rink halfway across town! SSA's hockey teams enjoy newly renovated boys and girls locker rooms, a video classroom and weight room, all housed within the center. The facility also has two scoreboards, an elite sound system and visiting locker rooms. The center has balcony seating for up to 600 hockey fans.

In the warm weather, after the ice is melted, the center serves as a venue for large school and community events such as Middle School Closing Exercises and the annual Untucked Music Festival.

Mellon Pool

Mellon Pool

A 25-yard lap pool with automatic timing system is home to our highly competitive girls and boys swimming teams. Recent renovations have made this facility even more inviting to the community. A three-tier spectator balcony is the perfect place for fans to watch the excitement of an SSA swim meet.

Mellon Gymnasium

Mellon Gym

Mellon Gymnasium is home to the SSA boys and girls basketball teams. The gym's Peter Sauer ’95 Court is named in honor of the late SSA alumnus and Stanford basketball star. It seats up to 600 fans and has six practice hoops. The building also houses Mellon Pool (see above) and the SSA Athletic Department Offices.

Curry Gymnasium

Curry Gym

Curry Gymnasium is adjacent to Mellon Gymnasium and is used by the entire community for almost any indoor activity, from practices to science experiments. The gym includes bleachers that seat 250 and eight practice hoops. The building is also home to the SSA athletic training office.

Wiegand Squash Courts

Weigand Squash Courts

The Wiegand Squash Courts are home to the SSA squash teams. The facility includes three international-sized squash courts, locker rooms and a two-tiered balcony for viewing all of the squash action.

Kassling & Lower Tennis Courts

Kassling Tennis Courts

The Kassling Tennis Courts are home to SSA's highly competitive tennis teams. The complex includes six tennis courts and home and away bleachers for 80 spectators. The Lower Tennis Courts complex includes four courts and is mainly used for practices.

Beckwith Baseball Field

Beckwith Baseball Fields

The Beckwith Baseball Field is home to SSA's baseball teams. It is a standard size 90’ field with covered dugouts and practice pitching mounds. Bleachers seat 120 fans, with a complementary view of the surrounding hills.

Softball Field

The Softball Field is home to SSA's softball teams. The standard 60’ field sits adjacent to Beckwith Baseball Field and has home and away benches.

Squaw Run Grass Fields

Squaw Run Fields

Known around campus as "the far fields," multiple grass fields sit on the edge of the Senior School campus off Squaw Run Road East, just down the road from the Middle School campus. The fields are used by lacrosse, field hockey and soccer teams for practices and games, and include bleachers for fans.

Cross Country Course

Shady Side's cross country teams have their own on-campus course, which winds its way in and around the athletic fields and hills of the Senior School campus.

Middle School Campus

Middle School Fields

The SSA Middle School campus in Fox Chapel features a gymnasium and two grass fields, which are used for athletic practices and games, as well as PE classes and school events. The gym is home to the Middle School boys and girls basketball teams and has six hoops and retractable bleachers. The grass fields include one practice field and one regulation field for soccer and lacrosse practices and games.