>>ANCHOR: Well, coming up on Friday of this
week, RIT is making a major announcement about the hockey team. But we don’t have to wait
until Friday. Our sports director Mike Catalana is going to tell us all about it tonight.>>MIKE CATALANA: Yeah, RIT has outgrown Ritter
Arena. On Friday, the school will announce a $1 million gift that will kick off a campaign
that will raise money to build a new hockey arena on campus. Plans are to have the arena
hold from 4,000 and 6,000 fans. 13WHAM’s Chuck Wade is live at RIT with more on the move.
Chuck?>>REPORTER: Yeah, Mike, that gift? It’s just
a start, but it does mean the RIT is going to have a new arena to play hockey in. This
campaign is going to take between $25 and $30 million to make it happen, about half
of which is going to have to come from RIT. Now what that means? Well, obviously, RIT
is going to be able to sell more tickets to their hockey games. It will also bring in
bigger names like Michigan State and Notre Dame to play hockey here in Rochester. With
the current capacity of Ritter Arena, which is just 2,100 for hockey, they can’t do that
right now, and there’s just a handful of date to choose from their annual game downtown
at the War Memorial. They’re capitalizing on that surge of interest they created by
going to the Frozen Four last year, and tonight we can tell you it is in the works, a new
hockey arena coming to RIT.>>MIKE CATALANA: Hey, Chuck, do we know anything
about the person who’s giving that first $1 million?>>REPORTER: We don’t know a name, Mike. We
know it is a local donor. It’s an RIT alum, and we will get to meet that person on Friday
afternoon here at Ritter Arena.>>MIKE CATALANA: All right, thanks very much,
Chuck. You know, plans are still being done to pick that arena site, exactly where it
will be on campus, and it could be for different uses, concerts, maybe even basketball. There’s
a lot of plans at RIT. We’ll have more on this at 11.>>ANCHOR: We’re all kind of sitting here now
thinking of famous alums in the area. A lot of speculation, we’ll find out on Friday.>>MIKE CATALANA: The first $1 million. It’s
still going to take a lot.>>ANCHOR: All right, thanks, Mike.

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