Gene Polisseni Center

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Gene Polisseni Center
Gene Polisseni Center during an open skate
Location 200 Lomb Memorial Drive
Henrietta, New York 14623
Coordinates 43°4′57.26″N 77°40′28.56″W / 43.0825722°N 77.6746000°W / 43.0825722; -77.6746000Coordinates: 43°4′57.26″N 77°40′28.56″W / 43.0825722°N 77.6746000°W / 43.0825722; -77.6746000
Owner Rochester Institute of Technology
Operator Rochester Institute of Technology
Capacity Ice Hockey: 4,300[1] Concerts: 5,980
Field size 200x85ft[2]
Surface Ice
Broke ground October 19, 2012 [3]
Opened September 18, 2014[2]
Construction cost $38 million USD[2]
Architect BBB Architects[4]
Main contractors LeChase Construction Services, LLC[2]
RIT Tigers (men)
RIT Tigers (women)

The Gene Polisseni Center is an ice arena on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Henrietta, New York. Ground was broken for the project on October 19, 2012,[2] and the arena was officially dedicated on September 18, 2014.[5]

The arena is the home of the varsity ice hockey teams at RIT, replacing the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. Ritter Arena continues to be used as an ice arena.[6] The Polisseni Center serves primarily as a hockey arena (for RIT varsity hockey and local youth programs), and it will also be a multi-purpose venue.[6] The Polisseni Center is built not far from Ritter Arena on the RIT campus, south of the Student Alumni Union, replacing portions of parking lot U.[7]

Fundraising efforts[edit]

Fundraising was started with a $1 million USD donation from Stephen and Vicki Schultz.[8] Naming rights were given based on a $4.5 million USD donation from the Polisseni Foundation (with backing from B. Thomas Golisano)[9] and were announced on November 11, 2011 during the men's hockey game against Air Force.[10]

With arena construction being an estimated $30 million, the funding of the project has been divided into two components. The first half will be borrowed against RIT's endowment fund (worth $544 million),[11] and paid back with sponsorship and ticket sales. The second half of the cost is a grassroots fundraising effort called the Tiger Power Play. The Tiger Power Play is an effort to bring in both big name donations (like Tom Golisano) as well as garner support from students and alumni. Small donations could be made by cell phone text message. Larger donations have been working directly with school administration. Sales of nameplates for seats is also available, initially costing $1,000 per nameplate, and later reduced to $500.[12]

J.M. Allain, CEO of Trans-Lux and an RIT graduate, donated $1 million for a new video scoreboard.[2]

Panoramic View of the Gene Polisseni Center.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Mandelaro, Jim (October 19, 2012). "RIT ready to begin construction of $37 million hockey arena". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. pp. 1A, 4A. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Groundbreaking for RIT’s Polisseni Center slated for Oct. 19
  4. ^ RIT Selects Architect for Gene Polisseni Center
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Ice Hockey Arena FAQs
  7. ^ RIT Selects Official Site for New Arena
  8. ^ From out of the 'Corner' and into the spotlight
  9. ^ Future RIT Hockey Arena to become the Gene Polisseni Center
  10. ^ Naming Announcement Ceremony
  11. ^ As of June 30, 2009."U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ Take a Seat in the Gene Polisseni Center