Information on CWRU’s 13th-Annual Throwback Weekend: February 2-4

Information on CWRU’s 13th-Annual Throwback Weekend: February 2-4

Case Western Reserve University will be hosting its 13th-annual Throwback Weekend from February 2nd through the 4th at the historic Adelbert Gymnasium.

The weekend will be centered on a pair of Spartan basketball University Athletic Association doubleheaders.  On Friday night February 2nd, Case Western Reserve will play host to Brandeis University, with the women tipping off at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, February 4th, the Spartan men will take on New York University at 12:00 p.m., followed by the women's game against the Violets 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.

Game & Throwback Uniform Schedule

Friday, February 2nd

6:00 PM: Mather (CWRU women) vs. Brandeis
8:00 PM: Western Reserve Red Cats (CWRU men) vs. Brandeis

Sunday, February 4th

12:00 PM: CIT Rough Riders (CWRU Men) vs. NYU
2:00 PM: Mather (CWRU Women) vs. NYU

Weekend Promotions




  • Music provided by DJ Tech
  • Throwback Lounge
    Open on Sunday… Free admission with complementary coffee, juice and baked goods

Thank you to our Throwback Weekend Sponsors

The History of Throwback Weekend at CWRU
Throwback Weekend will be at Adelbert Gymnasium for the fourth-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.