It’s a Pennsylvania double in Frozen Four selections.
The NCAA has awarded the 2013 Frozen Four to Pittsburgh and the 2014 event to Philadelphia, marking the first time each site has been selected to host college hockey’s signature event.
It’s the first time the Frozen Four will be in the same state in consecutive years since 1973 and 1974, when the tournament was in Boston.
“The number of quality bids submitted made the process of choosing the host sites extremely difficult for the committee,” Bill Bellerose, chair of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with every aspect of both winning bids — from the venue, to the community support to the cities themselves, everything will be first-class. We are confident both sites will put forth the ultimate championship experience for the student-athletes and fans alike.”
Robert Morris will host the 2013 event at the Consol Energy Center, which is scheduled to open next month. The semifinals are scheduled for April 11, with the championship on April 13.
The 2014 Frozen Four will take place April 10 and 12 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The ECAC is hosting that event.
The 2011 championship is set for St. Paul, Minn., and the 2012 Frozen Four will be in Tampa, Fla.