The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center
870 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ
Home site of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, swimming, and volleyball
The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center (RLC) is the home of the Peacocks men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s swimming teams, and women’s volleyball team. The $6 million complex opened in 1975 and the white, air-supported roof is recognized from miles around. The RLC basketball court seating capacity is 3,200. The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center hosted its first men’s basketball game on November 29, 1975.
The RLC houses three gymnasia, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and diving facility, a fitness center, a free weight room, racquetball and squash courts, multi-purpose rooms for such activities as dance, yoga and martial arts and five indoor tennis courts and a jogging track underneath the air-supported Bubble.
The tennis nets can be taken down to convert the space inside the Bubble into a multi-purpose indoor field for athletic practices and intramural games. The gymnasia are converted into an arena for activities such as varsity basketball games and special events such as the University’s Baccalaureate Mass.
The offices for the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports, as well as the University’s Department of Athletics, are housed in the RLC.
NJ Turnpike – Exit 15E – Follow signs for Rte. 1-9 North; cross over two draw bridges and straight at the intersection with Rte. 440; you are on Communipaw Ave., with Lincoln Park to your left; proceed to West Side Ave. traffic light and turn left; at the 4th traffic light on West Side Ave., turn right onto Montgomery St. Yanitelli Center is to your left.
NJ Turnpike – Exit 14 C (Holland Tunnel Exit)–Exit on “Jersey City” ramp; straight through traffic light and make a U-Turn. At the light, turn right onto Montgomery Street. Continue up the hill on Montgomery Street, which will level off for a few blocks until the intersection of Montgomery Street and Kennedy Blvd. Our campus is on that intersection and Yanitelli Center is on Montgomery St., between Kennedy Blvd. and West Side Ave.
Holland Tunnel – Immediately out of tunnel, bear left (Route 1 and 9). Remain near the middle, as you will be exiting soon. After the Route 1 and 9/New Jersey Turnpike divide, bear right and then exit at ramp for “Jersey City, Kennedy Blvd.”; proceed straight on the state service road until it ends at Kennedy Boulevard. Turn left (south) onto Kennedy Blvd. Follow it through Journal Square to Montgomery St. and turn right onto Montgomery Street. Yanitelli Center is on the right.
Lincoln Tunnel – Exit tunnel to NJ Turnpike and follow directions above; or, exit tunnel to Route 1-9 South and go to Tonnele Ave. traffic circle and then to Kennedy Blvd.; or, exit tunnel to Kennedy Blvd. and proceed south on Kennedy Blvd. to Montgomery Street, where you turn right and Yanitelli Center will be on the right.
Pulaski Skyway, Route 1-9 and Belleville Turnpike – All feed into the Tonnele Ave. traffic circle. From the circle go to Kennedy Blvd. and turn right (south); go a few blocks south to Montgomery Street and turn right; Yanitelli Center is on the right.