Building the Future: Athletics Facelift

Major facelift for

Tiger Athletics

It’s time for a major facelift for RIT athletic facilities. The upgrades are the most significant on campus since the 2014 opening of the Gene Polisseni Center — home to men’s and women’s hockey. The improvements will benefit more than 650 Tiger student-athletes.

The first phase of the multi-million-dollar athletics project is the relocation of the outdoor track to a new area and with an upgraded synthetic running surface. The baseball and softball fields are also under construction with upgrades to all-weather artificial turf fields. All three venues will be ready for spring 2022 competition.

Next up: the instal­lation of a state-of-the-art artificial turf field as well as the construction of a full Tiger stadium complex featuring locker rooms, training facilities, and concessions, as well as a press box and premium suite accommodations. The new stadium will be home to men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as men’s and women’s soccer.

A grand concourse will also flow between the stadium and the Gordon Field House, which will benefit athletics but also other major events, including commencement ceremonies.

Rendering of an athletics complex.

Home Stretch

Athletic facility improvements for Tiger student-athletes, fan experience

Special Features

The athletic upgrades will complement The Gene Polisseni Center, located on the south end of campus. Polisseni, dedicated in 2014, is home to the RIT Division I men's and women's hockey teams. The arena 4,000, with additional standing room only space for a total capacity of 4,300 fans.

RIT has two Division I teams—men’s hockey and women’s hockey—and 22 Division III teams that compete in the Liberty League. In addition, thousands of students participate in club and intramural sports.


RIT teams have won four NCAA national championships:

Jacqueline Nicholson

These facilities will be seen as a new entry point for campus and will create great exposure for RIT Athletics. When you come on campus, you will soon see four new athletic facilities — a true focal point for Tiger spirit …

This will also be a huge recruitment tool with the artificial turf fields and the ability to use them year-round. This also gives us the ability to have camps and clinics (for youth and high school athletes) and be a host year-round.

Jacqueline Nicholson
Executive Director Intercollegiate Athletics

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