Information on CWRU’s 14th-Annual Throwback Weekend: February 1-3

Information on CWRU’s 14th-Annual Throwback Weekend: February 1-3

Case Western Reserve University will be hosting its 14th-annual Throwback Weekend, sponsored by The Courtyard Marriott University Circle, from February 1st through the 3rd, with the men's and women's basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams all in action at home this weekend.

The weekend will be centered on a pair of Spartan basketball University Athletic Association doubleheaders at historic Adelbert Gymnasium.  On Friday night February 1st, Case Western Reserve will play host to the University of Chicago, with the women tipping off at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, February 3rd, the Spartan men will take on Washington University (Mo.) at 12:00 p.m., followed by the women's game against the Bears at 2:00 p.m.

As has become the tradition, the men's team will don the uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats) and the Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders).  The women will sport uniforms in honor of Flora Stone Mather College.  The Universities federated in 1967, becoming what is now known as Case Western Reserve University.

Swimming and Diving will be hosting their 'Senior Day' meet on Friday night against Notre Dame College, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Veale Natatorium.  And on Saturday, February 2nd, the CWRU wrestling team will honor its seniors before its 12:00 p.m. matches against Defiance, Penn St.-Behrend and KSU-Tuscawaras.


Friday, February 1st
6:00 PM: Mather (CWRU women's basketball) vs. Chicago – Adelbert Gymnasium
6:00 PM: CWRU Swimming Senior Day vs. Notre Dame College – Veale Natatorium
8:00 PM: CIT Rough Riders (CWRU men's basketball) vs. Chicago – Adelbert Gymnasium

Saturday, February 2nd
12:00 PM: CWRU Wrestling Senior Day vs. Defiance, Penn St.-Behrend & KSU-Tuscawaras – Horsburgh Gymnasium

Sunday, February 3rd
12:00 PM: Western Reserve Red Cats (CWRU men's basketball) vs. Washington
2:00 PM: Mather (CWRU women's basketball) vs. Washington


Friday Night Basketball

  • 'Knockout' contests during both basketball games, with chances for contestants to win prizes from Rascal House
  • A special halftime performance by the CWRU Dance Team
  • Halftime recognition of CWRU's fall All-Americans, National Qualifiers & Academic All-Americans during the women's game
  • Halftime recognition of CWRU's NCAA qualifying Men's Soccer & Men's Cross Country teams during halftime of the men's game
  • Music provided by DJ Tech
  • Special performances by the CWRU Pep Band

Sunday Afternoon Basketball

  • Youth exhibition games at halftime of the women's basketball game
  • Music provided by DJ Tech
  • Special performances by the CWRU Pep Band 


Throwback Weekend will be at Adelbert Gymnasium for the fifth-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 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.


  • The Courtyard Marriott University Circle, title sponsor of Throwback Weekend
  • Rascal House