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The enduring moments that help define the student experience, build institutional identity, and instill alumni loyalty across decades are usually not experienced as individuals, but as a community or team.

The Gordon Field House and Activities Center, named in honor of the generous contributions of Lucius “Bob” Gordon and his wife, Marie, not only accommodates the growing demand from the campus and the community for recreational space, but also affords event space for Institute-wide gatherings of nearly 7,000 people. It helps build a sense of community and campus pride as well as bring increased community visibility for RIT.

The center will include:
A 60,000 sq. ft. field and event venue A 60,000 sq. ft. field and event venue
An aquatics center for both competition and recreational use An aquatics center for both competition and recreational use
A fully equipped 16,000 sq. ft. fitness center A fully equipped 16,000 sq. ft. fitness center

The Gordon Field House helps build lasting memories for those on the RIT campus and the Rochester community. The 160,000 square-foot, two-story center serves as the crowning jewel to a complex that includes the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium, Clark Gymnasium, Ritter Ice Arena, and the Schmitt Interfaith Center.

An integral part of RIT’s campus wellness program, the Gordon Field House is in use 17 hours a day, seven days a week.

More information about the facility:

  • Over 428,000 individuals passing through the facility annually
  • Nearly 17,500 participants in wellness programs centered in the Field House
  • Over 8,500 intramural athletes participating in team and individual events
  • Over 15,000 students, nearly 3,000 faculty and staff, and a large number of our over 90,000 alumni visiting this facility regularly

Over 30,000 visitors attend Institute, community, trade and industry, and sporting events on campus each year. In addition to the regular daily usage of the facilities, new opportunities for campus and community events in the Gordon Field House include:

  • Presidential Debates – RIT was an alternate site for the 2004 debates
  • Summer trade and association conferences
  • NCAA Division-III playoffs and championship events
  • Concerts and other entertainment events
  • Career and job fairs
  • Camp and Officiating Clinics
  • Special regional events such as high school sectional playoffs
  • Monroe County Special Olympics, Empire State Games and the Deaf Olympics