The seat was placed there for reasons that represent the very best in us as administrators, coaches, players, fans, students and citizens. An orange seat to honor the memory of a man whose name was Green.
The orange seat counts towards the arena's attendance of 4,300 and it's available to sit in. But its purpose is to stand as a symbol of commitment to school, team and country. It exists so that the story of Green B. Williams can be retold to new generations of RIT hockey players and fans.
Just head to Section 107, Row K, Seat 8 at one end directly above the net. It is the only orange seat in a bank of gray and black seats in the sparkling $38 million Gene Polisseni Center.
When Tom Keene, another RIT teammate, floated the idea of placing an orange seat in the new rink in honor of their friend while helping contribute to the Tiger Power Play fund-raising campaign, it took off like a fast break up ice. Keene got his inspiration from the red seat that honors another Williams — Ted — who hit a 502-foot home run at Fenway Park in 1946.