College Hockey:
Boston, Tampa, Chicago, St. Paul get upcoming men’s Frozen Fours

Three returning hosts and one new venue were selected to host men’s Frozen Fours from 2015 to 2018, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Boston’s TD Garden will host its third Frozen Four in 2015; the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., will get its second in 2016; and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., will see its third in 2018.

NCAA championships

See our NCAA tournament pages for future sites and dates:

Division I men

Division I women

Division III men

Division III women

Chicago’s United Center will host for the first time in 2017.

Women’s Frozen Fours were awarded to Minneapolis’ Ridder Arena in 2015 and 2018; the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H., in 2016; and the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., in 2017.

Division III men’s championships will be played at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis in 2015; at The Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 2016 and 2018; and at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y., in 2017.

The NCAA also announced sites for the 2015 and 2016 men’s NCAA regionals:

In 2015, the East Regional will be in Providence, R.I.; the Northeast in Manchester, N.H.; the Midwest in South Bend, Ind.; and the West in Fargo, N.D.

In 2016, the East Regional will be in Albany, N.Y.; the Northeast in Worcester, Mass.; the Midwest in Cincinnati; and the West in St. Paul, Minn.

Here’s the video announcement of the men’s bids:

And here’s the announcement of the women’s sites:

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  • Bixley

    I’m so sick of St. Paul. They do a good job but nothing left to do.
    Others fine, but was hoping for DC. Denver would have been great too.

  • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

    Not surprised to see Boston, St. Paul, and Chicago get bids. All three cities should do a great job of hosting. Tampa is a bit of a surprise, especially so soon in 2016, but a pleasant one in my opinion. I thought Tampa did a very nice job a couple of years ago and the location is a nice getaway to boot. St. Paul has hosted more than other sites, but it’s hard to argue with it given the attendance, atmosphere, and all-around experience.

  • Adam Stern

    Maybe Northwestern, U o I or DePaul will want to add Div 1 hockey after seeing the Frozen Four in Chicago.

    • dking

      The only team in the Chicago area that could support a D1 Hockey team is Northwestern.

      • bronxbomberz41

        Illinois used to have a D1 team, though it disbanded during WW2 and their club team currently dominates the league. I bet if they threw enough money behind it B1G would welcome both Illinois and Northwestern into the hockey conference

        • dking

          The B1G would open there arms and welcome in Illinois or Northwestern, they just need to find some alumni to drop 100 mil to build an arena like Penn State.

          • Brandon

            Yup. Illinois maaayyy add hockey without a barge of money, but Northwestern is nowhere close. They would require buckets and buckets of money

          • bronxbomberz41

            Illinois currently has a rink that they play at on campus i believe. It only holds around 2000 people. If UConn survived all these years without a shiny arena (which they are getting upon the move to HEA) then surely B1G could allow hockey to grow there at a small facility. I have no idea what kind of wealthy alumni exist for Illinois though.

          • dking

            The only way the B1G would allow this is if ground was already broken for a new arena, Penn State was playing in there small arena and the Big Ten didn’t even think about there own conference until this year, the same year Penn State opened there new facility. B1G is all about the money

    • Brandon

      Or maybe UIC or Marquette will start up again? We can dream

  • John Terry

    Agree with all, but like most I’m scratching my head at Tampa. Two times in four years? Even the best host sites usually don’t get that type of action. Just seems like Buffalo, who hasn’t hosted since 2003, with it’s new Harbor Center connected to the arena, deserved to be thrown a bone

  • WeareBC

    Love to see the FF coming back to Boston as it makes for a shorter trip for Jerry York and Co. to pick up their trophy. I was there in 98′ Providence in 00′ and Albany in 01′ for the Big Win.
    I don’t get how Worcester continues to host regionals in that dump they call a hockey rink. I’ve been there many times but my last trip was for a regional game vs. Yale a few years back and my seat was broken. The lighting is also substandard at best.

    • smack_libs_around

      BC is seen to be in a ‘reloading’ year now, suggesting that 2015–when it comes to Boston–will hopefully make up for that heartbreak in 1998 when they lost to Michigan in OT. I took my Dad…a double-Eagle…to that game and we were both disappointed. But we’ve all seen what’s happened since.

    • bronxbomberz41

      They need a Northeast Regional site, and they try to stay clear of NHL rinks and on-campus sites. Because the Connecticut and NY locations are typically “East” regions, that leaves only Worcester, Manchester, and Providence that meet the capacity requirements for a regional. Portland would be a great location for a regional, but apparently the capacity at the Cumberland County Civic Center is just a hair to small.

      • tom

        If the arena in Portland is too small, how is Notre Dame able to host a regional in their arena?

    • Joe Crowley

      As someone who watched a lot of regional action in Worcester, the reason Worcester (as well as Manchester and Providence) get Northeast/East regionals is due to NCAA requirements.

      To promote “fair” regionals, no campus rinks are to be used. To promote the NCAA “Amateurism” facade, there can be not be any non-NCAA approved advertising, except for the facility name with very specific font, font size and text color.

      This means that an AHL rink can afford the days required to repaint the rink and cover up all of the advertisements. Also, there is the puritanical restriction against ANY alcohol sales except in the luxury boxes. A building like the TD Garden, however, cannot afford these expenses except for NCAA Frozen Four or NCAA Basketball tournament, especially when it is already booked 300 night a year. It is easier for the TD Garden to have Hockey East semi-finals and finals and Bruins/Celtics games than to host an NCAA regional. It is also far more profitable.

      The advertisement ban even extends to the rafters, hiding the Stanley Cup banners, the NBA Championship banners and the Beanpot banners!

  • stod_2

    Awesome that it is going to Chicago. It’s a great city and a great facility with a pretty central location to the west and easy and cheap flights from the east. Should make for a great location.

  • B662

    Huge mistake leaving Buffalo out of the mix. The arena is top notch but they will have an attached hotel, parking lot and two rinks in the next two years.

    • NHL

      Boss, how do you know they even made a bid?

      • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

        They were one of the 10 finalists for the 4 bids announced this week. Other cities that didn’t get a Frozen four were Pittsburgh, Philly, Columbus, Brooklyn, and DC.

  • bob

    Regionals in South Bend and Cincinnati? Why? Do we want 1000 people showing up again for games? Its time for 2 Super Regionals – Rotate between St. Paul and Detroit in the west and Boston and somewhere in upstate NY in the East. Its makes so much sense so it will never happen.

  • Powers

    The women are in Minnesota twice, Missouri once, and in the East just once in four years? Ridiculous.

  • Joe Crowley

    Nice to see these venues. As a Hockey East fan, I really like the selection of The United Center in Chicago, as this expands the footprint. I think this will help BTHC expansion long term.

    • dking

      The United Center is a great facility but not in a very safe part of the city of Chicago

  • gophernotgolfer

    Holy cow, the west regional will actually be in the west twice in a row. What a concept

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