Throwback Weekend Headed Back to Adelbert Gymnasium on February 20-22

Throwback Weekend will be held in Adelbert Gymnasium for the first time since 2009.
Throwback Weekend will be held in Adelbert Gymnasium for the first time since 2009.

CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University’s 10th Annual Throwback Weekend is headed back to the place it started, historic Adelbert Gymnasium.

On Friday, February 20 and Sunday, February 22, the CWRU men’s and women’s basketball teams host University Athletic Association doubleheaders against Emory University (Ga.) and the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

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 & Throwback Uniform Schedule

Friday, February 20
Mather (CWRU women) vs. Emory, 6:00 p.m.
Western Reserve Red Cats (CWRU men) vs. Emory, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 22
CIT Rough Riders (CWRU men) vs. Rochester, 12:00 p.m.
Mather (CWRU women) vs. Rochester, 2:00 p.m.

Friday Promotions

Free Raffles
Raffle items include a free night at the Residence Inn Marriott, $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, basketballs signed by the teams, Spartan Athletics Gear and temporary memberships to 121 Fitness.

Free Samples and Giveaways 
Visit our vendor tables for information and free samples. Vendors include:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Residence Inn by Cleveland Beachwood
  • 1-2-1 Fitness 
  • Jolly Scholar

BlueCWRU
Visit the BlueCWRU table for face painting and to learn about one of the newest student groups on campus aiming to boost school spirit.

Performances by:
CWRU Cheerleaders
CWRU Pepband

Sunday Promotion

Youth Day
CWRU welcomes the Avon Lake Shoregals sixth grade girl's basketball team as well as the Mary Bathume Elementary school children and their families! Autographs as well as meet and greet sessions with the team will happen after each game.  

History of Throwback Weekend

Throwback weekend has been held at Horsburgh Gymnasium in each season since 2010. From its first year in 2006 through 2009, the event was held in Adelbert Gymnasium.

Adelbert Gymnasium was constructed between 1918 and 1919 then 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 which 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 February 1, 2009, the facility was not used for a varsity athletic event until February 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.