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Ten finalists named for four men’s Frozen Four bids

Ten finalists have been named in bidding to host men’s Frozen Fours from 2015 to 2018, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

They are:

• TD Garden, Boston (Hockey East/Massachusetts Sports Marketing Association)
• First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference/Canisius/Niagara)
• Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (ECAC Hockey)
• Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (Penn State/Philadelphia Sports Congress)
• Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh (Robert Morris)
• Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State/Columbus Sports Commission)
• Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (Navy/Greater Washington Sports Alliance)
• Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (Minnesota)
• United Center, Chicago (Notre Dame/Chicago Sports Commission)
• Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. (Wisconsin/Tampa Bay Sports Commission)

Seven of the 10 will have hosted a Frozen Four once Philadelphia hosts this season’s event. Barclays Center, Nationwide Arena and United Center are the exceptions.

The NCAA also announced finalists for Division I women’s and Division III men’s championships.

Four sites were chosen as finalists for the women’s Frozen Four:

• Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo. (Lindenwood/St. Louis Sports Commission)
• Ridder Arena, Minneapolis (Minnesota)
• Whittemore Center Arena, Durham, N.H. (New Hampshire)
• Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D. (North Dakota)

Three sites are in the running to host Division III men’s championships:

• Ridder Arena, Minneapolis (St. Scholastica)
• Herb Brooks Ice Arena, Lake Placid, N.Y. (Plattsburgh State/Olympic Regional Development Authority)
• Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, N.Y. (Utica)

The Division III women’s championship will be held at campus sites.

The finalists were selected by the NCAA hockey committees. Winners are scheduled to be announced on Dec. 11.


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  • tgregter

    why the hell isnt the Ralph on the list for mens? Still cause of the “nickname” issue

    • bob

      Um, because the Ralph is in the middle of nowhere and is far too small?

      • Hey Now

        It’s about 6,357 seats too small, plus I don’t believe they have the additional 100,000 sqft site for the fanfest. Last time I was in GF, I don’t recall seeing the required 573 hotel rooms within walking distance of the arena. Other things they need to have, and I am not sure if they do: 2 meeting rooms that can hold 200 people, A pressbox that can hold 125, Additional media workspace for 150. Not to mention anything about the logos. Basically the requirements force this to be a professional building now.

      • mahogma

        For the same reasons Green Bay will never host a Super Bowl.

    • sota

      …and the sioux heads everywhere…and who wants to go to North Dakota in early April?

    • John Terry

      They’ll never hold a Frozen Four in that small of an arena. Notice that Marriucci isn’t on the list, but rather Excel in St Paul where the Wild play

    • BooBoo1782

      None of the men’s D-I sites are on-campus facilities. Note that Nationwide Arena is the site bidding in Columbus, not Value City Arena (tOSU), where the ’05 FF was.

    • Joey Loeffler, Jr.

      The Ralph is like 3,000 short of the requirement. That’s why we have only had regionals. It’s dumb, they could charge whatever they want and still have a better showing than almost anywhere else, even handicapped by size.

      • Mike Wagner

        is it really 3,000 short or the requirement or is it just LIKE it’s short?

  • BSU Beaver

    Would like to see Frozen Fours at: TD Garden, Xcel, United Center

  • John Terry

    Predictions:

    1. I think Chicago is a no-brainer. Getting a city like that on board with D-1 hockey would be huge. Builds off B-Hawks success too, and is central for all hockey schools.

    2. Having it back in St. Paul needs to happen. It’s been an East party for too long and the energy out there for the Frozen Four is unmatched.

    3. Boston, being the other epicenter of college hockey, should be given the chance to host again. It’s been far too long.

    4. Buffalo should be the 4th one. Another hockey hotbed that hasn’t hosted in over a decade. If that’s not enough, the HARBOR Center completion next year makes it a lock. The $175 million facility next to First Niagara Center will have two indoor rinks, restaurants, retail, and hotels.

    DC, Pittsburgh, Philly, Tampa all will have just hosted. Without them being a main college hockey hub, you can’t give anyone 2 in 10 years IMO. Columbus is intriguing too and Brooklyn could be neat if the whole rink configuration holds up. I’ve always though avoiding NYC makes sense because it doesn’t have the impact of “taking over a city”‘ like you have in other smaller cities

    • Brandon

      Buffalo would be a success. Huge hockey town and its a deceptively college hockey friendly area. RIT, Niagara, and Canisius are all close by. I think it’d be great

  • lmg6841

    If the FF was in Buffalo and RIT made it again, I can guarantee that the entire population of Rochester would be there.

  • HuskyNation

    Chicago or St Paul

  • Tom Bantle

    For Cornell, Buffalo, Brooklyn, & Boston would virtually be a home game. The in-rink vibe at Tampa was low energy, but the weather was nice.

  • Joey Loeffler, Jr.

    Come on NATIONWIDE!

  • PCGibbons

    This article is under the D-1 Women’s News. Why?

  • SCSU

    They are really thinking about Tampa again, huh? Because that turned out so well a few years ago. Learn from your mistakes NCAA….

    • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

      I’m not sure what mistakes you’re referring to. In my opinion, Tampa did a better job of hosting than any city other than St. Paul in the last 5-10 years. The atmosphere around the city was good and the Frozen Four felt like it was the main attraction in town. Looking at attendence, in the last 25 years, only the disaster at Ford Field (now THAT was a mistake), the three in St. Paul, and the one in St. Louis had more people. So, I don’t think having it in Tampa was a mistake and I’d welcome it being there again.

      • Afterfurtherreview

        I also think Tampa did a nice job. 100% on about the Ford Field disaster too!

      • Joe Crowley

        DC hosted a great Frozen Four, with plenty of fans in the seats despite no “local” team. I was there, it had as much energy as the Beanpots in the old Garden. Even with two schools with smaller fan bases (Bemidji and Vermont) it looked pretty successful.

        I must say the ON-ICE outcome was the best I could have hoped.

  • UMDBulldogHockey

    Needs to be in Saint Paul. Just too big of a hockey state to not have it there.

    • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

      Agreed, It’s had more success consistently in St. Paul than any other city. I like travelling for the Frozen Four, but I’m guessing St. Paul will get one of the four. Boston is almost a shoo-in I bet and I think Chicago is a strong contender too. The other bid (s) I think is (are) going to be between Brooklyn, DC, and Buffalo. Two of those cities might get Frozen Fours if the Midwest only gets one.

  • Brian

    I am sure Pegula’s investment in Penn State will be rewarded with one of the bids going to Buffalo. Boston, St. Paul and Chicago are no brainers.

  • Joe Crowley

    In no particular order:
    St Paul – NCHC/WCHA/BTHC hosts
    Boston – HE/ECAC hosts
    Chicago – BTHC/HE hosts
    Buffalo – AHA/ECAC Hosts