Another sellout crowd of 10,556 raucous, orange-and-black-clad RIT Tiger fans is expected at the Blue Cross Arena on Oct. 17 to watch their team take on Bowling Green State University. The annual game is one of the highlights of Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend and has been a sellout for the past six years.
This game has special meaning for the team. Both RIT head coach Wayne Wilson and associate head coach Brian Hills played collegiately at Bowling Green. Hills was a Hobey Baker Finalist in 1983 and is the university’s second all-time leading scorer. Wilson was a captain on the Falcons when they won the 1984 NCAA Division I National Championship.
“This is a great event that is a highlight of our schedule,” said Wilson, who enters the 2015-16 season with 302 career wins at RIT. “Our players get the opportunity to play in front of a sold-out facility against some of the best teams in all of college hockey. We are looking forward to playing Bowling Green, who will be a nationally ranked team.”
The Tigers enter their 11th season at the NCAA Division I level. Last season, RIT won its second Atlantic Hockey Conference Championship and made its second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament, advancing to the Midwest Regional final. Starting Oct. 24, the Tigers play 15 regular-season home games at the 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center on campus. Ticket information for the 2015-16 season is available at www.rithockey.com.
The game is just one of several sporting events for the homecoming weekend.
In addition, seven individuals and one team will be inducted into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Oct. 18 at Ridgemont Country Club. The 47th annual class features: Randy Bloechl (1984), distinguished service; Michael Bournazakis (2004), hockey; Caitlyn B. Burr (2010), swimming; Rick Cetnar (1968), basketball; Michael P. Gargiles (2000), track, hockey; Jim Page (1972), soccer; Dodi Rabinovitz Perkins (1983), hockey, softball, soccer, tennis; and the 1970-71 undefeated men’s swimming team.
Some 17,000 people are expected to take part in more than 100 events that make up this year’s RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. The annual event, a time to reunite students, alumni and family and to celebrate the campus’ unique spirit, is slated for Oct. 16-18.
Among this year’s highlights:
For more information on these and other events scheduled, or to order tickets, go to www.rit.edu/brickcity.