Ritter Arena (formerly known as Shumway Arena) was built in 1968 and is named after Frank Ritter, a founder of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (now RIT) and member on the Board of Trustees from 1885 to 1903. The ice arena at the downtown campus had been used primarily by figure skaters, but what was the RIT Hockey Club at the time began using the arena at the new Henrietta campus more frequently until it eventually became home to the RIT Tigers.
The facilities themselves have seen a number of large changes, particularly in recent years. In 2000, the lighting, acoustics and concessions in Ritter Arena were improved and during the 2005-2006 inaugural Men’s Division I season, a new score board was installed.
The Tigers may have found a new home in our beloved Gene Polisseni Center, but there’s no shortage of action in Ritter Arena these days. Ritter remains home to many high school hockey games and athletic events and classes for RIT, the Genessee Figure Skating Club and the greater community.
One of the best things about Ritter Arena is that it’s open nearly every weekday of the year for open skate sessions. Check the Arena’s website for the times and come by to teach yourself to skate or keep your skills sharp.