The Black Rock Cup will mark the first home event for the program at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse, home of the Golden Griffins. Since the fall season, the Griffs have called the $6.1 million facility their home as the team practices along the Black Rock Canal.
The Canisius College rowing team will host its inaugural Black Rock Cup on Sunday, April 22, at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse along the Black Rock Canal. Joining Canisius in the quest for the Black Rock Cup will be crosstown opponent D'Youville College, who also rows out of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse. Along with the race, the Golden Griffins will bless their new fleet and will welcome friends, fans, and alumni to experience the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse.
The Boathouse was originally designed by world-renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905, his only boathouse design. Waiting for the right destination for his design to call home, his vision came to fruition in September 2007 after years of fundraising and negotations along the shores of the Black Rock Canal.
"We have such a fantastic facility. I think it is one of the hidden beauties of Buffalo," said Furtek. "To be able to share that with all of our fans, student-athletes, families, and friends is a great opportunity."
The Golden Griffins return home after making their first appearance in the Knecht Cup on Saturday, April 14, along the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. In the varsity eight race, the Griffs placed fifth (7:26.70) in their respective heat. In the heat, Wisconsin secured first with a time of 6:45.95, which was the second-best time among all 31 fleets in the race.
The Griffs' second varsity eight went on to finish sixth (7:57.92) in their respective heat. UConn won the heat with the third-quickest time (6:56.49) amongst all 28 squads in the five heats of the second varsity eight race.
"We chose the Knecht Cup in large part to see speed," said Furtek. "We had a difficult start, an uncharacteristically for us, we struggled out of the starting blocks. It was a hard lesson for our students, no likes to leave the regatta with work undone."
After their performance at the Knecht Cup, the Griffs will look to bounce back in familiar surroundings when they host D'Youville in the Black Rock Cup. Admission to the Black Rock Cup is free.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. - Blessing of the Fleet and dedication of boat downstairs in boat bays
10:20 a.m. - Racing shells launch from Boathouse; Spectators invited to tour the Boathouse
11 a.m. - Varsity eight race for the Black Rock Cup: D'Youville versus Canisius
11:15 a.m. - Men's club blue/gold scrimmage
11:30 a.m. - Fours race: D'Youville versus Canisius
Directions to the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse
Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse
One Rotary Row
Buffalo, N.Y. 14201
From 190-S exit at Porter Avenue (exit 9)
Turn right onto Porter Avenue. Make the first right - Rotary Row (if you go past the Pumping station on the left side of Porter you have gone too far). Follow Rotary Row as it curves around the military vehicle storage facility and ends at West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse.
From 190-N exit at Peace Bridge/Fort Erie Canada (exit 9)
Turn right on Baird Drive. Turn right onto Porter Avenue and proceed over the 190 overpass. Make the first right after the overpass and southbound exit ramp - Rotary Row (if you go past the Pumping station on the left side of Porter you have gone too far). Follow Rotary Row as it curves around the military vehicle storage facility and ends at West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse.