Joe Walton Stadium
Built over the course of 13 months, Joe Walton Stadium is the latest addition to the Robert Morris University Moon Township campus. The Colonials played their inaugural season at Joe Walton Stadium in 2005 and defeated Butler, 49-13, Saturday, Sept. 17, for the inaugural game. Joe Walton Stadium is the fourth athletic facility at Robert Morris University, joining the Charles L. Sewall Center (opened in 1985), the North Athletic Complex (opened in 1998) and the RMU Island Sports Center (bought in 2004).
Built at a cost of $10 million by Mosites Construction Company and owning a capacity of 3,000, Joe Walton Stadium features a 36,000 square foot athletic administration building that holds office space for the football coaching staff, athletic administration and Olympic sport coaches. Also included in the building is a state-of-the-art weight room, equipment room, two locker rooms, three classrooms, lobby, press box and University box.
A special feature with the offices located in Joe Walton Stadium is the use of Landro Play Analyzer, a presentation device used to study game videos. Up to 50,000 plays or 115 games can be randomly accessed without ever having to use video tapes or DVD’s. Designed especially for coaches, it allows them to instantly jump to plays without having to use video tape.
The Joe Walton Stadium field covers 97,000 square feet, with the surface field turf. The turf consists of sand, rubber and film polyethylene grass-like fabric with secondary backing of high polyurethane. The field is lined for both football and soccer and will also host field hockey and lacrosse games. The scoreboard for the stadium was provided by Institutional Specialties, a distributor of Daktronics, located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The music and public address system was provided by Hollowood Music and Sound in McKees Rocks, Pa., and Joe Walton Stadium also includes a portal and plaza. The portal includes 160 pavers to recognize donors to the campaign to raise funds for Joe Walton Stadium, while the plaza will include four kiosks, one each for tickets, concessions, the Barnes & Noble bookstore and alumni and special events.
The Charles L. Sewall Center
The Charles L. Sewall Center for Leadership, dedicated in 1985 and named for the man who served Robert Morris University as president from 1967 until 1989, is located on the Moon Township Campus. With a capacity of 3,056, the Sewall Center is home to Colonial volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and indoor track and field programs and also houses office space for men’s and women’s soccer.
The Sewall Center is also a regional and national conference center for the training and development of business executives, serving as a focal point for providing educational services to adult learners. It also furnishes the community with a conveniently located center for seminars.
The facility also houses a 200-meter track, a full-service training room, four locker rooms, office space, an equipment room and a media room. After the Colonial basketball seasons end, the Sewall Center serves as home to Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) high school basketball playoff games as well as the annual summer Five-Star Basketball Camp.
Excitement at the Sewall Center came to a head in the springs of 1989, 1990 and 1992 when the Northeast Conference men's basketball tournament was held there, and the Colonials won the title each time. The facility also housed the same event in 1986.
The dedication of the Sewall Center was the culmination of a $6 million campaign launched by the University in June of 1984. Seventeen months later, the inaugural game drew 2,880 fans as the Colonials fell to Duquesne University, 80-65. Nov. 30, 1985. Nevertheless, the enthusiastic response by the community facilitated the successful completion of the campaign.
The idea for a multi-purpose facility was conceived in a series of meetings between the University and community leaders. Business and industry representatives indicated the critical need for a center for executive training and development. At the same time, Moon Township business and civic leaders spoke of their need for a conveniently located center for community events.
The partnership continues through the Charles L. Sewall Center Advisory Committee, comprised of community leaders, and confirms the University's fruitful relationship with the community it serves.
RMU Island Sports Center
Purchased by Robert Morris University in the summer of 2004, The RMU Island Sports Center is the region’s premier sports and recreation destination. Located just nine miles from downtown Pittsburgh on the western tip of Neville Island, the facility is home to the Robert Morris Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, women’s crew team and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field squads. The Colonial men's and women's ice hockey teams play their games in 84 Lumber Arena, one of the ISC's two indoor ice arenas.
The 32-acre campus includes two indoor ice arenas and two multi-purpose rinks as well as an indoor golf driving range and Sports Dome, a track and field, miniature golf course, fitness center, batting cages, pro shop and bistro.
The state-of-the-art center, which opened in 1998, has been the site of such high-profile events as the Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championship, the National Short Track Speed Skating Championships, the USA Hockey National Tier I Championships and the 2005 World Street Hockey Championships.
The RMU Island Sports Center is committed to providing the highest quality facilities, training and instruction to both the serious athlete and the casual sports enthusiast. In addition, the facility offers unique group and hospitality opportunities, perfect for both personal celebrations and corporate outings. The Hat Trick Club, opening during home ice hockey games, offers season ticket holders, members of the Colonial Athletic Club and various outside groups a hospitality area to congregate during the game for refreshments and camaraderie.
The North Athletic Complex
Built at a cost of $2.5 million and opened in the fall of 1998, the North Athletic Complex on RMU’s Moon Township campus serves as the home of the Robert Morris men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and softball teams.
The North Athletic Complex was built after clearing a 24-acre parcel of land that was nothing more than a heavily wooded hilltop and consists of two natural grass soccer fields (one for games and the other for practices), nine tennis / basketball courts that are fenced and lighted, a softball field and a pavilion that features a covered area for picnics, restrooms and storage areas.
As well as hosting various Division I athletic events, the North Athletic Complex is used for intramurals and group functions. Five-Star Basketball Camp, which has hosted its annual summer camp at Robert Morris University for 29 years, uses the North Athletic Complex each summer to showcase some of the nation’s top high school talent and college coaches.
The North Athletic Complex hosted its first Northeast Conference Championship in the fall of 2003, when Central Connecticut State claimed the women’s soccer title. In the spring of 2005, Robert Morris hosted the NEC championship for softball, and the host Colonials went on to claim their sixth league title thanks to a 6-4 victory over Wagner.