RIT’s Arena Project Will Build New Locker Rooms

A $3.5 million project scheduled to start in October will expand the men’s and women’s hockey locker rooms at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Ritter Arena.

A one-story, 12,000-square-foot addition to the 52,125-square-foot facility will house team locker rooms, coaches’ rooms and other team areas.

“This is exciting news for our program,” RIT men’s coach Wayne Wilson said in a statement. “We’ve always had the great game night atmosphere and now we will have first-class facilities for our players when they prepare for games.”

Ritter Arena was built as part of the original school campus in 1968.

The work is scheduled to be finished in April 2011.

The existing RIT locker rooms will be used for visiting teams, allowing the school to host tournaments.

“It’s a great addition for both programs,” RIT women’s coach Scott McDonald said. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the RIT hockey program. These upgrades will help us in our competition for top recruits. The commitment our administration is showing to building a winning tradition is second to none.”