About the Gene Polisseni Center
The Legacy of Gene Polisseni
Gene Polisseni, a prominent businessman, philanthropist and avid sports fan, is now intertwined with the future of hockey at Rochester Institute of Technology. Gene Polisseni, who founded the Polisseni Foundation with his wife Wanda, served as vice president of marketing at Paychex, the company founded by Golisano, until his death in 2001. Since that time, the Polisseni Foundation has focused its support toward improving quality-of-life issues related to education, human services and civic improvement across the Rochester region.
Serving as the future home for RIT Men and Women’s hockey games, the ground breaking was held on October 19, 2012 during Brick City Homecoming. The arena will be located on the south side of the Student Alumni Union, in the heart of the campus. While it will serve primarily as a venue for ice hockey, the arena will be a multi-purpose facility.
The 112,400 square foot multi-purpose facility includes:
- 4,000 seats and additional space for a total of 4,300 fans.
- Club seating section exclusively located behind RIT’s bench.
- Club Lounge - an upscale, full service hospitality area featuring a full buffet and cash bar each game.
- Six luxury suites and a VIP player experience box next to the benches.
- Two full service concession stands, and multiple mobile kiosks throughout the concourse.
- A new RIT Athletics Hall of Fame highlighting the hall's inductees and our proud athletics history.
This 112,400 square foot multi-purpose facility will seat a capacity crowd of 4,300 fans. This includes approximately 4,000 seats, plus standing room for 300 guests. Reserved seating areas and general admission seating will both be available. Addiitional amenities of the arena include:
The Club Lounge is an exclusive full service hospitality area, featuring a full bar and buffet style dinner. Both tables and soft seating will be available for guests to relax in before, during, or after the game. Only guests that have tickets within either the suite level or Club level seating areas will be allowed entry to this area.
The Polisseni Center will feature approximately 400 “Club Seats”, an area located directly behind the player’s benches. Guests who purchase tickets within this Club Seating area will have access to the new “Club Lounge,” located directly above this location.
Corner Crew & Pep Band
Corner Crew seating areas will be much expanded and will keep the Crew at the same end as the opposing goalie for two periods. This space will keep the Pep Band adjacent to the Corner Crew and affords plenty of room for expanding the Corner Crew section.
RIT Athletics Hall of Fame
The arena will feature a bright and spacious lobby focused on RIT spirit. The Hall of Fame, will be incorporated into the main atrium and will feature beautiful displays highlighting RIT’s Athletics Hall of Fame inductees and our proud athletics history. The Hall of Fame is named in honor of Marty and Dolly Schultz, parents of alumnus Steve Schultz '89. Steve and his wife Vicki '99 made a generous gift that helped kick-off the Gene Polisseni Center fundraising campaign.
Trans-Lux Corp. and RIT alumnus J.M. Allain ’03 (multidisciplinary studies) issued a $1 million commitment to the campaign. Allain, Trans-Lux president and CEO, will donate an electronic scoreboard for the arena.
Two full service concession stands, located throughout the concourse. Multiple mobile kiosks will also be featured throughout the concourse.
The Polisseni Center features seven luxury suites, located in multiple areas within the venue. Options for the luxury suites include four separate suites on the second level, each with 12 exterior seats (as well as standing room for four additional guests in each suite), one press-level suite featuring 12 exterior seats (as well as standing room for four additional guests), a bunker level suite (a private party room located directly under 12 seats within the seating bowl), and a VIP “Players Experience” box (an exclusive glass enclosed area directly next to the player’s benches, seating up to eight guests).