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Building Policies at the Gordon Field House

*Specific event building policies may vary depending on activity



Animals are not permitted inside the Gordon Field House. Exceptions include service animals such as guide, sign, and signal dogs to aide disabled guests.





Shirt and shoes are required at all times. Metal spikes or cleats are prohibited on the main floor.





Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages into the Gordon Field House.

Cameras/Recording Equipment

The Gordon Field House’s policy on cameras and recording equipment varies by event. In general, flash photography is prohibited at all events. RIT’s Public Safety and Gordon Field House personnel reserve the right to examine and prohibit the use of any camera or recording equipment it deems unacceptable. Please contact us for more information at (585) 475 – 4121. 

Bicycles and Skateboards

Bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades are prohibited in and around the facility.

Children and Infants

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Infants and toddlers are not permitted in activity areas. 

Emergency Exits

The Field House asks all guest to observe and become familiar with all emergency exit locations upon entering the building. 

First Aid

Our First Aid Room is located on the lower level, near the northwest Field House entrance. 

Exit and Re-entry

There is a no re-entry policy for all major ticketed events. Once guests enter the Field House for an event they are not permitted to exit and re-enter the Field House for that same event. Only under emergency circumstances will a guest be permitted to re-enter the Field House and prior to exiting arrangements must be made with Field House personnel. 

Food and Gum

Food and gum are prohibited in activity areas and on the main arena floor.

Guest Conduct

To help make the Field House a safe and enjoyable environment for all guests, we request that all guests be courteous to those around them and abide by all building policies and regulations. Guests who do not conduct themselves in a proper manner and do not abide by building policies and regulations will be removed from the facility. Hitting, kicking or throwing objects against the bleachers or inside the curtained area is prohibited. Spitting on the arena floor is also strictly prohibited, 


Proper identification is required. All guests are required to check in upon entering the Field House. RIT Members may sponsor up to three additional guests per day.

Prohibited Items

Items that jeopardize the safety, viewing, listening pleasure, or enjoyment of other guests are prohibited. In accordance with building policy and security guidelines, items not allowed into Gordon Field House include but are not limited to: alcoholic beverages, outside food or beverages, bottles or cans of any type, coolers, containers, weapons or firearms, fireworks, illegal substances, bullhorns, noisemakers, confetti, beach balls or other inflatable items, Frisbees, laser pointers, backpacks, large bags, large banners, sticks or poles, folding chairs, stools, skateboards, and roller blades, etc. RIT Public Safety and Field House management reserve the right to remove any items it deems a violation of its building policy and security guidelines. No check-in services are available for prohibited items. 


Please note: Helium balloons are not allowed inside the venue due to the Reflected Beam Smoke Detection System; blockage of the beam will engage the fire alarm.

Lost & Found

Guests should contact the RIT Public Safety Department  at (585) 475-2853 or the Student Life Center Help Desk at (585) 475-2280 for assistance.  RIT is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


The Gordon Field House will not permit vending, soliciting, collecting contributions for any purpose, or the distribution of promotional materials on the premises unless approved by management.


The Field House is a smoke-free facility. Guests are not permitted to smoke anywhere inside the building. There are no areas designated for smoking outside of the Field House. 

Ticket Scalping

Ticket scalping – the resale of Field House admission tickets – is strictly prohibited on the premise. Violators of this policy will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Security Searches & Metal Detectors

To help ensure the highest level of safety and security, all Field House guests, employees, and vendors are subject to security searches and a courtesy screening, which may include metal detection devices. 


Non-compliant individuals may be asked to leave the facility or have privileges suspended.


Pool Policies for the Gordon Field House

General Aquatics Center Policies

  • Children under the age of four(4) are prohibited from using the pools
  • Children ages 4-15 must be closely supervised by an adult at all times
  • All swimmers must wear proper swimwear to enter pool; no street clothes allowed in pools
  • No changing on deck; please use locker rooms
  • Please shower before entering the water; shower facilities provided on deck
  • Food, drink, chewing gum, and glass containers are prohibited in the pool area
  • No running, jumping, or pushing while on deck
  • No scuba/snorkeling equipment allowed on deck or in the water
  • Prolonged underwater breath-holding is prohibited
  • No flotation devices permitted (tubes, mattresses, toys, etc…) unless provided by RIT
  • No open cuts/sores allowed in the water
  • Pollution of pool is prohibited (urination, fecal matter, blowing nose, etc...)
  • No spectators allowed on deck
  • Areas of the Aquatics Center will be opened/closed at the discretion of the Head Lifeguard on duty
  • Obey all lifeguard requests
  • Obey all posted signage
  • Participation at own risk

Competition Pool Policies

  • Due to the variable depths of the competition pool, weaker swimmers should be monitored at all times
  • Absolutely NO swimming under the bulkhead
  • Starting block use is prohibited during recreation swim times
  • No diving in shallow (east) end
  • Circle swimming only in lap area
  • When more than two people utilize a lane, swimmers must swim laps in counter-clockwise circles
  • Choose a lane with swimmers that look approximate to your pace and join them

Diving Area Policies

  • One diver on the board at a time
  • Diving area must be clear of all swimmers before diving
  • Double bouncing on diving board is prohibited
  • Divers must go straight off diving board
  • After completing a dive, exit the pool using the nearest ladder
  • Swimming under the diving boards while in use is prohibited
  • Lifeguards can prohibit someone from attempting a dangerous dive
  • Diving boards can be closed/opened at the discreation of the lifeguard
  • Due to the variable depths of the diving well, weaker swimmers should be monitored at all times

Recreation Pool Policies

  • NO DIVING at any time
  • Enter pool by use of the stairs or ladder
  • Current Channel and Vortex will be controlled by lifeguard
  • No more than five(5) people in the Vortex at a time
  • When using the Vortex, your head must remain above water at all times
  • No running, dunking, horseplay, or hanging off pool equipment
  • Water basketball/volleyball will be made available at the discretion of the lifeguard
  • No sitting, standing, climbing, etc...on the island
  • Recreation Pool can be closed/opened at the discretion of the lifeguard

Hot Tub Policies

  • Chlidren under the age of 16 are not permitted
  • Elderly persons and those diagnosed with a heart condition, diabetes, or high/low blood pressure, are prohibited from using the hot tub
  • Do not use while under the influence of alcohol, anticoagulants, antihistamines, vasoconstrictors, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics or tranquilizers
  • Women who are pregnant are recommended not to use the hot tub
  • Limit time in hot tub to 15-minutes maximum. Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness or fainting
  • Keep your head above water at all times
  • Do not use alone
  • Help can be obtained by contacting a lifeguard or using the telephone 

Lifeguards on duty shall enforce all aquatics center rules and have the authority to suspend pool privileges if rules are violated.


Box Office: (585) 475-4121
General Info: (585) 475-7000

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