It’s no secret that RIT needs a new hockey arena. Since going division 1 and having an amazing run last year Ritter Arena has been packed and virtually always a sell out. During Brick City weekend RIT sold out the much larger Blue Cross Arena, something other local teams haven’t been able to do in years. Go to any game at Ritter and when you see the “standing room only” you know it’s time for something bigger.
Well, that time has come. Last week RIT kicked off the Power Play campaign to raise $15 million to fund the new arena. With some help from Stephen and Vicki Schultz’s $1 million gift the project is off to a good start. For the first time since graduating I have the urge to give back to the Alma Mater.
Once completed the new arena should house somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 fans. A far cry from the current capacity of 2100 at Ritter Arena which will continue to stay open even after the new arena is built.
Exciting news for the RIT community, especially as RIT hockey has turned their season around and are winning games now.