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Steelers, UPMC announce partnership extension


The Pittsburgh Steelers and UPMC Sports Medicine have announced a re-naming of the South Water Street campus to UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. The re-naming also includes a renewal of a 15-year partnership between the organizations.

The UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, named for Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, will include state-of-the-art upgrades to the practice facilities for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rooney has had long-standing personal relationships with Steelers players and has helped the team win an NFL-best six Super Bowl championships.

"I would like to thank Jeff and UPMC Sports Medicine for their help and involvement in the efforts we are making for our players," Dan Rooney said. "Our relationship with UPMC Sports Medicine has been mutually beneficial, and the UPMC Sports Medicine staff has always provided the Pittsburgh Steelers with excellent care and rehabilitation. We look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come."

A look at the Pittsburgh Steelers' South Side practice facility and the future plans for the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

"This facility and the programs that have been built within it simply would not have been possible anywhere else in the world," said UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff. "We had the unique ingredients to make this complex not only the first-of-its-kind – but to keep up its stature as the absolute envy of sports medicine practitioners and sports team owners everywhere."

"With the extension of our partnership with UPMC announced today, we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to be part of one of the best complexes in the country for sports medicine and athletic training," Steelers President Art Rooney II said. "When we first moved into this complex in 2000, we were one of the first teams in the NFL to be part of such a facility, and now this has become part of the standard for NFL team training.

Rooney II added, "Having convenient access to UPMC experts in so many fields relating to sports medicine has served us well in terms of the overall health and conditioning of our team.  Our relationship with UPMC and the facilities we have access to have contributed greatly to our team's success over the past 15 years, and we look forward to the next 15 years in an expanded and updated athletic facility."

Upgrades for the Steelers include the following:

  • Weight room expansion (imagery attached)
  • Front lobby re-design (imagery attached)
  • Training room updates
  • Technology updates in both the administrative office building and indoor practice facility production studio
  • Staff office space

The UPMC Rooney Sports Complex is one of the leading sports medicine centers in the United States. The state-of-the-art facility is on the cutting edge of research and treatment and provides world-class care for all patients, from those who are injured in their daily routine to professional athletes.


In 1933, Arthur J. Rooney Sr. founded the Pittsburgh Steelers, and at the time of their birth, they were one of five other teams in the NFL. Since 1970 the Steelers have won the most division titles (21) of any team in the NFL and are tied for first in playoff appearances with 27. They also have the most Super Bowl championships (6) and have had 23 primary inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the midst of their 83rd season, the Steelers have continued their success into the new millennium, winning seven division championships, three AFC Championships and two Super Bowl titles since 2000.

UPMC Sports Medicine
serves as the official sports-medicine provider of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins while also caring for more student-athletes than anyone else in Western Pennsylvania. Nowhere in the state can a patient find more certified athletic trainers and board-certified, licensed physical therapists, more research into injuries that apply to clinical use. Its sports-medicine physicians work in conjunction with the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, ranked No. 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. UPMC Sports Medicine is noted for its expertise in concussion evaluation and treatment, nutrition, mental training, injury prevention, performance training and aging athletes. It serves more than 50 local high schools, colleges and other organizations, in addition to individual elite, amateur and recreational athletes along with non-athletes facing injuries or issues related to physical activity.

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