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Ritter Ice Arena has an intimate capacity of 2,100 (1,600 sitting, 500 standing). Formerly known as Shumway Arena, the facility has undergone several renovations throughout the last few years. A new sound system, lights, ceiling, a full-service press box, and dasher boards have been added, as well as both team locker room renovations and additions. Skylight wells on the roof were also added to provide natural light to the locker rooms and the main lobby.
Ritter Ice Arena is currently unavailable for booking due to being the current home of the Wallace Library.
Temporary home for Wallace Library
RIT Libraries has temporarily relocated to Ritter Arena for the duration of construction on Wallace Library. Ritter houses the library’s circulating collection, a fully staffed Circulation Desk, a library instruction space, public computers, and a variety of seating and study areas.
If you have any questions, call (585) 475-2562 or text (585) 542-5748.
For 46 years (1968-2014), Frank Ritter Ice Arena was home to the Rochester Institute of Technology men’s and women’s hockey teams. This historic building in RIT’s rich heritage has hosted five NCAA Championships, most recently the women’s Division III final in 2010-11. The arena is named after one of Rochester’s most distinguished citizens. Frank Ritter was a founder of Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (now RIT). He served on the Board of Trustees from 1885 to 1903, and was founder of Ritter Company, later a part of Sybron Co. The arena was dedicated in his honor in 1968.
Even though the arena is currently home to Wallace Library, Ritter Ice Arena has hosted numerous other activities including:
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RIT Campus parking lots (Lots D, N, U, G and H). Additional parking in adjacent lots (Lots E and F) is also available for Ritter Ice Arena events on a space available basis. Please review the campus map for lot locations and directions. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticket fines and towing charges.