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For years, Rochester has taken a backseat in football because of the prominence of the Buffalo Bills. Well, Rochester now has its own football team, The Rochester Raiders.
The team doesn't play in the NFL but rather plays indoors for the IFL (similar to the Arena Football League seen on TV). The home games are played in The Armory building on Main Street where the circus used to perform annually.
see the website below for the season schedule, ticket purchases and best directions to The Armory and parking.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Wegmans SuperMarket sponsors the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament in Rochester every year. It is six days of golfing with 2 days set aside for Pro-Am play to include Rochester vicinity amateurs. The rest of the schedule is set for the LPGA tournament with one rain day and one-half day of ceremonies.
The event is huge in Rochester and draws crowds every day and all the news media cover at least a half-hour each evening. Parking is usually a big issue and you should check the website for best procedures.
The Venue is normally the Locust Hill Country Club.
see the website below for this years schedule.
see the phone numbers below for ticket sales.
Written May 12, 2007
Phone: 585-427-7100 or 585-427-7029
The Rochester Razorsharks were the 2006 American Basketball Association champions.
The home court for the team is the Blue Cross Arena in the Community War Memorial building on the corner of Exchange and Broad.
For the team schedule for home games in Rochester, see the team website below.
All Home Game tickets are available at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office. (Courtside: $26.50, Reserved: $16.50, General Admission: $9.50) or from: http://www.ticketmaster.com
Written May 12, 2007
Rochester has two lacrosse teams. Rochester Knighthawks is an indoor team; Rochester Rattlers is an outdoor team.
The Knighthawks play in the Blue Cross Arena inside the War Memorial building. The team is part of the National Lacrosse League which plays from December until May.
Their website is: http://www.knighthawks.net/.
The Rattlers play home games at PAETEC Park from June to September. The team is a member of Major League Lacrosse.
Their website is: http://www.rochesterrattlers.com/.
Tickets can be purchased for either event at http://www.ticketmaster.com
Updated May 12, 2007
Hockey is a big part of the winter sports scene in Rochester because of the ties to Buffalo and the nearness to Canada.
The Americans (Rochester's team) is part of the American Hockey League and gets players from/before the NHL Sabres depending on whether the player is a new prospect on his way up or a veteran player working off an injury.
The home rink for the team is in the Community War Memorial building (Blue Cross Arena).
During the hockey season, the promoters have gimmicks like "disk night" to get more customers. On disk night, each person can purchase a small frisbee for 25 cents and before the game, everyone throws their disk out on the ice and one is selected to win a big money/gift prize.
see the website below for the teams home game schedule and directions to the arena in downtown rochester.
For tickets to an Americans hockey game, see: http://www.ticketmaster.com
Updated May 12, 2007
Soccer has become an important sport in Rochester. Much of the popularity is due to the success and promotion of the Rochester Raging Rhino professional soccer team.
The team plays home games at PAETEC Park, a soccer-specific stadium with aim capacity of 20,000 seats.
The Rhinos won the US Open Cup in 1999. It was the only non-Major League team to win since Major League Soccer began in 1996.
The holding company that owns the team has expanded into the women's franchise now.
See the website below for game schedules and instructions for parking and directions to get to the park.
Updated May 11, 2007
Address: PAETEC Park
Summer in Rochester requires a visit to the Frontier Field to see the Red Wings play nine innings.
The Red Wings play in the International League as the Triple-A affiliate of the Major League Minnesota Twins. They used to be associated with the St. Louis Cardinals then the Baltimore Orioles when the games were played at the now-defunct Silver Stadium (Red Wing Stadium). The club is publicly owned and is operated by Rochester Community Baseball.
The new stadium is large and the seating is well-designed. There are restroom facilities on each tier. Food vendors are under and behind each tier and there are picnic areas out behind the first tier for group gatherings.
Parking is in the old Kodak parking lots across the street from the stadium.
Signage to get the stadium is in need of much repair and some of the signs can no longer be read but just show as a faint brown blur by the roadside. Use the map attached to this tip to help you navigate.
Written May 11, 2007
Address: Frontier Field
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