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RIT unveils Power Play Program to raise funds for New Rink

Bullet points from Press conference:
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Tiger Power Play Program created to raise funds to replace the Ritter Arena since they have to turn away hundreds of fans every weekend


They Plan to raise $15mil over the next 2-3 years to help with the likely cost of @ $25-$30 mil total. Other funds will be raised through ticket sales (sold out BC arena a weeks ago) and other endeavors.

They do not plan on tearing down the Ritter arena, they are planning on keeping it as a practice/Community/school Club rink.

Also: two Alums donating Steve ‘89& Vicky’94/’99 Shultz Co founder of Corner Crew (rit fan section) and Comp sci house: Owners of Pictometry (an Arial imaging company) in Rochester pledging $1,000,000 to start program going. They have had other pledges since word of program was announced.

Womens program planning on being brought to D1 as soon as they are permitted. (scholarships to RIT then)

They plan on having more Seats (and more comfortable)
Club Seats
enhanced audio and visual (ritter never had visual)
More/Better food & concessions
they are visiting other arenas to get better ideas and asking fans (through Website) what they would like.

Site has not been decided upon, but they have three locations on campus to choose from.

Size of Arena has not been determined, but President Dresler mentioned it will not be a 10k stadium since they do not want it to look empty when they have 3,000 fans in attendance. more to the 4/5/6k so it is similar But Better then the Lynah (his words digging cornell)



Good News for RIT no Doubt!

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Power play Web page
http://www.rit.edu/development/giving/powerplay/

Full Press article
http://www.ritathletics.com/news/201...spx?path=mhock

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ROCHESTER, NY - Rochester Institute of Technology has inaugurated a new chapter in the evolution of its championship hockey programs. RIT President Bill Destler officially ‘dropped the puck’ today on the university’s campaign to build a new ice arena on campus.

Destler introduced “Tiger Power Play—The Campaign for RIT Hockey” during an announcement inside Frank Ritter Arena, which preceded a men’s hockey weekend home series against the University of Connecticut. The campaign’s goal is $15 million and targets alumni and other supporters of RIT men’s and women’s hockey. It’s expected a new arena—designed to accommodate 4,000 to 6,000 fans—will cost $25 million to $30 million. RIT plans to cover the remaining costs associated with construction of the facility.

“RIT enjoys a tradition of hockey excellence,” explained Destler, “that includes national championships at the Division II and Division III levels and extends through last season’s Atlantic Hockey Association title and an appearance in the NCCA Division I Frozen Four tournament. We’re now in need of a facility that will heighten our status among the elite programs in collegiate hockey.”

RIT alumni Stephen Schultz ’89 (computer science), co-founder and chief technical officer at Pictometry, and his wife Vicki Schultz ’94, ’99 (business administration, MBA) presented the campaign’s opening gift of $1 million during today’s announcement. A founding member of RIT’s colorful Corner Crew cheering section, Stephen Schultz considers this donation an extension of his ongoing loyalty to the Tigers.

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Womens program planning on being brought to D1 as soon as they are permitted. (scholarships to RIT then)
First congrats to RIT on the new rink plan. It's great for the school but also all of college hockey to have more top notch facilities.

I read some of the press releases and news stories on it and they said similar mentions in reguards to the women's team. But currently a school can play up in 1 women's sport and 1 men's sports and the new rule i've heard tossed around for 2011 will take away the 1 of each gender but limits playing up for schools to play up only in certain sports where championships aren't offered (such as DII schools playing up in DI hockey) but RIT is a DIII school with a grandfathered in DI men's program, and there's a championship for DIII women's hockey, so isn't the women's team "stuck" in DIII unless RIT wants to move the whole athletic department to DII then play up in women's hockey?

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First congrats to RIT on the new rink plan. It's great for the school but also all of college hockey to have more top notch facilities.

I read some of the press releases and news stories on it and they said similar mentions in reguards to the women's team. But currently a school can play up in 1 women's sport and 1 men's sports and the new rule i've heard tossed around for 2011 will take away the 1 of each gender but limits playing up for schools to play up only in certain sports where championships aren't offered (such as DII schools playing up in DI hockey) but RIT is a DIII school with a grandfathered in DI men's program, and there's a championship for DIII women's hockey, so isn't the women's team "stuck" in DIII unless RIT wants to move the whole athletic department to DII then play up in women's hockey?
I have no clue, but was wondering what would stop them myself. They have talking about moving the womens program for he last few years since they are in the top 5 or 10 every year.

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FYI,

Vancouver called up D Chris Tanev from Manitoba to play tonight.
If Chris Plays(expected to) he will be the First RIT Tiger to play in the NHL. Chris Left RIT after his first year and being named AHA Rookie of the year. Seems as though he has been having a pretty solid year for the Moose.
Let the flood gates open. Should be good for recruiting.
http://www.ritathletics.com/news/201...spx?path=mhock

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