Facility Rentals

SSA Athletic Complex

Shady Side Academy welcomes outside organizations to rent our extraordinary facilities across three campuses. We offer a wide variety of spaces to accommodate your organization's needs, including athletic, academic and special event facilities. Leagues and conferences are able to book months in advance, and teams are given the flexibility to make short-notice changes due to weather. For special events you can reserve spaces overnight in order to prepare for your event the next day. We look forward to assisting you!

Athletic Facilities

Shady Side Academy’s athletic facilities can accommodate a variety of team sports and community events. Adults and children of all ages enjoy our fields, gyms and athletic resources.

Michael J. Farrell Stadium

Michael J. Farrell Stadium

The Michael J. Farrell Stadium at the SSA Senior School features an artificial turf field (McKelvy Field), an eight lane all-weather track, home and way bleachers and a press box. The artificial turf field is perfect for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey practices and games in all weather conditions. State-of-the-art Musco lighting fixtures allow leagues to schedule past dark. Farrell Stadium is a standout facility for local and regional tournaments.

Beckwith Baseball Field

Beckwith Baseball Field

Beckwith Baseball Field is located on the SSA Senior School campus and is a standard size 90’ baseball field with covered dugouts and practice pitching mounds. Bleachers seat 120 for games, with a complementary view of the surrounding hills.

Softball Field

The SSA Senior School Softball Field is a standard size 60’ base field and sits adjacent to Beckwith Baseball Field on the SSA Senior School campus. The field has home and away benches and bleacher seating for 40.

Mellon Pool

Mellon Pool

This 25-yard lap pool with automatic timing system is located on the SSA Senior School campus and available for rent in the early morning before school or in the evening. The pool must be rented for a two-hour minimum, and the renter must provide a certified lifeguard. A three-tier spectator balcony make it a great location for regional tournaments.

Kassling Tennis Courts

Kassing Tennis Courts

The Kassling Tennis Courts are located on the SSA Senior School campus and include six separate tennis courts that are rented as a set. There are home and away bleachers for 80 spectators. The courts are a great location for regional tournaments.

Lower Tennis Courts

The Lower Tennis Courts are also on the SSA Senior School campus and include four separate courts rented as a set. There are no bleachers. These courts are best for practices or when rented in tandem with the Kassling Tennis Courts.

Mellon Gymnasium

Mellon Gym

Mellon Gymnasium is SSA Senior School’s newer gymnasium. It can hold up to 600 people and has six adjustable practice hoops. Electronic portable scoreboards are available to rent for games and tournaments. The Mellon and Curry Gyms are great to rent together, at a reduced rate, for tournaments.

Curry Gymnasium

Curry Gym

Curry Gymnasium is adjacent to Mellon Gymnasium on the Senior School campus. Bleachers seat 250 people, and there are eight adjustable practice hoops. Food and drink concessions are permitted, as well as the rental of electronic portable scoreboards. The Mellon and Curry Gyms are great to rent together, at a reduced rate, for tournaments.

Grass Fields

Grass FIelds

Multiple grass fields are available at the SSA Senior and Middle Schools. Bleachers are available on site for spectators. Goals for lacrosse and soccer are provided. Depending on the season, renters may line the fields for their specific league. Non-athletic activities can be accommodated on the fields upon agreement.

McKnight Hockey Center

McKnight Hockey Center

The Roy McKnight Hockey Center at SSA Senior School a state-of-the-art arena, featuring a NHL-sized ice surface (200' x 85'). It has regularly been regarded as one of the best regulation ice surfaces in Western Pennsylvania. Our SSA hockey teams enjoy professional-quality locker rooms, a video classroom and a weight room, all housed within the hockey center. The facility has two scoreboards, an elite sound system and locker rooms for up to four teams. The hockey center has balcony seating for 600 people.

Academic Facilities

Senior School Classroom

Shady Side Academy has a wide range of classrooms and other academic spaces available for rent. Classrooms can be rented together or separately. Classrooms are often rented in bundles on a regular basis for test prep, tutoring and specialized learning courses. We are happy to accommodate one-time use rentals with advance notice.

Senior School classroom

Event Facilities

Shady Side Academy Senior School provides a picturesque setting for many occasions. On-site catering and linen services are available, and parking attendants can be reserved to direct traffic. Shady Side Academy will work with you to find the right setting for your special day.

McCune Dining Hall

An original building on SSA’s Senior School campus, which includes a large open dining area and small private dining room, is a flexible space for catered events. On-site catering by Metz Culinary Management is available, or outside catering can be brought in with prior approval. Invite guests to step outside onto the adjacent J. Michael Grzymkowski '90 Terrace with outdoor fireplace.

Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall wedding

An intimate setting for weddings and ceremonies with a small stage and pew seating for 250 guests. Audio-visual equipment is available to accentuate your event, as well as a gorgeous courtyard entrance.

Senior School Quad

Surrounded by the historic buildings of Shady Side Academy, the Senior School Quad is an inspiring outdoor space for philanthropic and community events. Tents can be added to the rental for weather reassurance.

Richard E. Rauh Theater

This state-of-the-art, 662-seat theater, located within the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, is a perfect venue for large, high-quality presentations and events. Audio-visual technicians ensure a professional quality production. Two lobbies, a loading dock, practice spaces and dressing rooms create a high-caliber performance experience for guests and performers. Visit The Hillman Center for Performing Arts website for rental information.

Peter J. Kountz Black Box Theater

Located in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, the Kountz Theater is a contemporary black box theater with riser seating for 200 guests. Food and drink may be accommodated in this theater. Visit The Hillman Center for Performing Arts website for rental information.

Mary HIllman Jennings Plaza

This 2,750-square-foot, open-air terrace adjacent to the Hillman Center for Performing Arts at the Senior School is perfect for dancing or an intimate soiree. The space can be outfitted with patio tables with umbrellas or tents for day and night events. Visit The Hillman Center for Performing Arts website for rental information.

Camp Facilities

Shady Side Academy hosts multiple summer camps on our Senior School campus. We offer overnight boarding, dining and linen service for campers. Around-the-clock security maintains a safe environment for students and staff. If you are interested in holding your summer camp at Shady Side Academy, please contact Facilities Rental Coordinator Blair Trunzo at 412-968-3045 or btrunzo@shadysideacademy.org.

Rates & Policies

Rates, Availability and Hours

  • Facilities are available for rental during off-school hours, on weekends and holidays.
  • Rates for the facilities vary by season, hours and amenities needed.
  • Fall rental requests cannot be scheduled before mid-July.
  • Spring rental requests cannot be scheduled before mid-January.

Rental Policies

  • Customers are responsible for cleaning up after their event.
  • Customers are financially responsible for all damage caused by themselves and/or their guests.
  • Rental rates are for individual or team activities. It is prohibited to rent athletic facilities to run tournaments, camps or clinics without permission of management.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to end their rental at the allotted time. Please be courteous and allow the next renter to use the space on time. Any overtime will be billed at time and half of hourly rate.
  • Players shall play at their own risk.
  • Once reserved, a facility is considered to be booked for that block of time. A deposit is required at the time of booking. Should the customer decide to cancel, no make-up time will be offered, and the deposit will be forfeited.
  • We no longer host weddings, showers, and birthday parties.


Thank you for your interest in our facilities. We are eager to help you reserve the space that suits your needs. Please fill out the inquiry form below. Rental contracts will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis depending upon space availability.

Please contact Facilities Rental Coordinator Blair Trunzo at 412-968-3045 or btrunzo@shadysideacademy.org with questions or to set up an appointment to tour our beautiful facilities.

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to noon

Mailing Address:
Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Contact Us

Blair Trunzo

Blair Trunzo
Facility Rentals Coordinator