The Case Western Reserve University basketball teams will head to historic Adelbert Gymnasium for the 11th annual CWRU Throwback Weekend.
On Friday, Feb. 5, and Sunday, Feb. 7, the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball teams will host University Athletic Association doubleheaders against Brandeis University and New York University.
As is tradition, the men’s team will don uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats) and Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders). The women will sport uniforms in honor of Flora Stone Mather College. WRU and CIT federated in 1967 to become Case Western Reserve University.
All fans are encouraged to sport their favorite “throwback” gear.
Game and throwback uniform schedule
Friday, Feb. 5
Mather (CWRU women) vs. Brandeis at 6 p.m.
Western Reserve Red Cats (CWRU men) vs. Brandeis at 8 p.m.
Provost Pizza Night
Free pizza for all Case Western Reserve University students, courtesy of the Office of the Provost and W. A. “Bud” Baeslack III.
A limited supply of free t-shirts, foam fingers and three-point signs for fans in attendance
The Throwback Lounge, catered by Bon Appetit Management Co.
For an extra fee, fans can join the party in the Throwback Lounge during the games. Not including admission, $10 will give you access to the lounge with snacks and two drinks (beer and wine) for those 21+, while $20 will allow you access with snacks and four drinks.
CWRU’s own DJ Tech will be at the event providing special Throwback musical entertainment before the games and during timeouts.
Game Day Performances
The Case Western Reserve Dance Team and the Pep Band will be performing at halftime of both games on Friday. The Pep Band will also play during timeouts for both games.
Halftime Free Throw Contests, sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings
Two lucky fans will go head-to-head for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings during a free-throw shooting contest at halftime of both the women’s and men’s games on Friday.
CWRU’s own DJ Tech will be at the event providing special Throwback musical entertainment before the games, during timeouts and at halftime.
Three-Point Sign Giveaway
Fans who attend the game will receive a special throwback-themed three-point sign to help cheer on the Spartans, while supplies last.
CWRU student Molly Moyer will entertain the crowd with a baton twirling performance at halftime of the games.
The CWRU Dance Team will perform at halftime of both games on Sunday.
Throwback Weekend will be at Adelbert Gymnasium for the second-straight year, after taking place at Horsburgh Gymnasium from 2010 through 2014. From its first year in 2006 through 2009, the event was held in Adelbert Gymnasium.
Adelbert Gymnasium was constructed between 1918 and 1919, and dedicated on June 1, 1919. The facility, which added to the first Adelbert Gym (1888) located at the south end of the building, was originally constructed as an armory for use during World War I. However, the war ended before construction was finished, so Adelbert Gym was never used for that purpose.
Adelbert Gym then became the third home of the Western Reserve Red Cat athletic program. Highlighting the Redcats’ 50-plus year run in the old armory, Western Reserve’s men’s team defeated Yale University twice (27-17 in 1921 and 23-16 in 1931) and beat Boston University in 1937 (58-44). The 1969-70 season, according to records, was the last season that the varsity basketball team played in Adelbert Gym until CWRU’s first Throwback Weekend in February of 2006.
After a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Feb. 1, 2009, the facility was not used for a varsity athletic event until Feb. 23, 2013 when the CWRU wrestling team hosted its Si Ostrach Meet at Adelbert Gymnasium. In the summer of 2013, the university upgraded the facility with a refurbished playing court.