Yanitelli Center

The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center is a multipurpose athletic facility on the campus of Saint Peter's University, a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. Notable for its air-supported "bubble," the building opened in 1975 at a cost of $6 million and is named after the 17th president of the college.

Yanitelli Center
"The Bubble"
Full nameVictor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center
Location2641 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Coordinates40°43′40″N 74°04′23″W / 40.727648°N 74.073173°W / 40.727648; -74.073173Coordinates: 40°43′40″N 74°04′23″W / 40.727648°N 74.073173°W / 40.727648; -74.073173
OwnerSaint Peter's University
OperatorSaint Peter's University
Construction cost$6 million
($28.5 million in 2019 dollars[1])
Saint Peter's Peacocks and Peahens (NCAA) (1975–present)
Jersey Jammers (USBL) (1986–1988)

The facility is the home of the Saint Peter's Peacocks and Peahens men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming and diving teams. For men's basketball games, collapsible bleachers are expanded to cover two of the main gymnasium's three full courts and provide a seating capacity of 3,200. For the women's games, only one of the bleachers is opened.

The building also houses an Olympic-size swimming pool with 1- and 3-meter diving boards, a fitness center, a weight room, a racquetball court, and a squash court. The offices for the Department of Athletics are located on the third floor while the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports is in the basement.

Students often refer to the building simply as "The Bubble" due to the air-supported roof, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the campus and in Jersey City. The Bubble covers five roof-top tennis courts and a jogging track. The tennis nets can be removed to provide facilities for indoor athletic practices as well as a venue for intramural sporting events.[2]

Notable eventsEdit

On January 9, 2008, the Yanitelli Center hosted a campaign rally for Barack Obama in his successful bid to become to the Democratic candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[3]

On November 17, 2009, Saint Peter's hosted Monmouth University in a men's basketball game, with a 6:00 a.m. start time, as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. The Peacocks prevailed, 58-34.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Yanitelli Center". saintpeters.edu. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Barack Obama keeps fighting". NY Daily News. January 10, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jkeak7hZewm7DGST4l1v9ZFn177gD9C1B3M80

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