A new athletic venue and multi-purpose facility is rising on the RIT landscape. University leaders and dignitaries broke ground Oct. 19, 2012, on the 4,150-seat Gene Polisseni Center on the south side of campus. Construction will be complete in time for the 2014-2015 season for the Division I men's and women's hockey teams.
The Gene Polisseni Center will nearly double the current capacity of 2,100 spectators at Ritter Arena and provide modern amenities that will significantly enhance the game experience for Tigers fans. BBB Architects, a world-renowned architectural firm based in Toronto, created the arena's design. The firm specializes in sports and entertainment venues, serving as architects for the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, General Motors Place in Vancouver and the current redesign of Madison Square Garden in New York City. LeChase Construction Services, based in Rochester, is building the facility and managing its construction. The arena will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Gene Polisseni Center site is directly south of the Student Alumni Union and adjacent to the existing athletic turf field. The location creates an “athletics spine” running north to south between the residence halls and the university's academic corridor. Additional sporting and student recreation facilities within close proximity to the new arena include Clark Gymnasium, Gordon Field House and Activities Center, RIT Stadium, the turf field, tennis courts and the Frank Ritter Arena, which will continue to remain open as an ice skating venue.
The photo gallery below shows how the Gene Polisseni Center has transformed over time. You can see real-time construction progress by viewing the construction webcam.