Future NCAA tournament sites announced for D-I men, D-I women, D-III men

27 Mar 15: The St. Cloud State University Huskies play against the Michigan Technological University Huskies in a West Regional semifinal matchup at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. (Jim Rosvold)
St. Cloud State and Michigan Tech play in a 2015 West Regional semifinal matchup at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. (photo: Jim Rosvold)

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced the future regional and NCAA tournament sites for Division I men and Division I women and Division III men.

DIVISION I MEN

2018

East Regional (March 23-25): DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

Northeast Regional (March 23-25): Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.

Midwest Regional (March 23-25): PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.

West Regional (March 23-25): Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Frozen Four (April 5-7): Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (previously announced)

2019

East Regional (March 29-31): Dunkin’ Donuts Arena, Providence, R.I.

Northeast Regional (March 29-31): SNHU Arena, Manchester, N.H.

Midwest Regional (March 29-31): PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.

West Regional (March 29-31): Scheels Center, Fargo, N.D.

Frozen Four (April 11-13): KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

2020

Frozen Four (April 9-11): Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.

2021

Frozen Four (April 8-10): PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2022

Frozen Four (April 7-9): TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

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DIVISION I WOMEN

2019 Frozen Four (March 22-24): TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.

2020 Frozen Four (March 20-22): Agganis Arena, Boston, Mass.

2021 Frozen Four (March 19-21): Erie Insurance Arena, Erie, Pa.

2022 Frozen Four (March 18-20): Pegula Ice Arena, University Park, Pa.

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DIVISION III MEN

2020 championship (March 27-28): HarborCenter, Buffalo, N.Y.

2022 championship (March 25-26): Olympic Center Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid, N.Y.

41 COMMENTS

  1. Heard that the only schools that bid to host either Midwest or West Regionals the next two years was North Dakota and Penn State. Can’t confirm of course but pretty easy to award those regionals if true. My biggest gripe is that Tampa is not on the list of Frozen Fours. The two I’ve been to there were great and well hosted. Last time Frozen Four was in Buffalo no one in town even knew it was there except us attendees. At least Detroit isn’t at Ford Field again. What a disaster!!!

  2. So eastern PA is now the Midwest according to the NCAA? Why don’t we just put all 4 “regionals” in the greater Boston area just to to eliminate any possibility that an eastern school would ever have to travel.

  3. Just curious, was D.C. or Nashville among the bidders? All I care is that they don’t play in an arena surrounded by parking lots.

  4. Why doesn’t Bowling Green host at the Huntington Center in Toledo? Venue is the right size and there’s eight schools within three hours drive plus a large fan base for a school like Michigan Tech that lives in the Detroit area. A rotation with Toledo, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, and maybe Wisconsin hosting at the UW-Milwaukee Arena plus sprinkling in a handful of others seems doable.

    • You do realize Grand Rapids hosted one in 2013….and maybe 1000 people (if they were lucky) showed up to the regional championship game. Terrible place to have it.

      • Toledo and GR both hosted regionals that year. That is too close together considering Chicago isn’t a major college hockey market. Also, there were zero Michigan teams playing that year in the entire tournament.

        One site with a larger MI school playing in Toledo or GR gets you 6,000 in either arena. There are a lot of scenarios that could sell out the Huntington Center/get you near 10K at Van Andel. Think Michigan-Wisconsin. Maybe State, Michigan Tech, and Boston University. GR can work.

  5. Allentown as the “midwest regional” ? Really guys? One can fit the geographic footprint of all but the west regional in any of a number of real midwest states. NCAA continuing to deliver on low expectations.

      • Again, the NCAA is mucking something up to make this opportunity so unattractive to perspective venues. I can name a dozen off the top. No beer sales, the cost of whitewashing the boards of ads, expensive tickets, … on and on. I get that NCAA is as clean as the wind-driven snow and beyond any reproach.

        • Those are rules that apply to all NCAA tournaments, don’t they? Are you suggesting exceptions for hockey, or a broad-based rollback of rules even for sports that don’t need it?

          • I’m suggesting the NCAA own its success and address reasons for its failure. Your questions, however, are appropriate for them to consider. Saying “it is what it is” in my opinion falls short.

  6. The problem is, for some reason, nobody is bidding on the Regionals. Pretty soon we will have Pownal (Vermont), Bangor (Maine), Des Moines (Iowa), and Amarillo (Texas) at the host cities. I don’t know what the answer is, but the NC$$ can only award those that bid.

    • I agree that nobody is bidding. My best guess, from what I hear as UNH still hosts every other year for now is that it’s a ton of effort to coordinate, uses a lot of resources and the NCAA just sits back, tells you what you can and can’t do and takes the money! So, other than if your team makes it they can stay close to home, there really is no benefit.

    • Hahaha. Amarillo…..what a dump. Worst smelling town I’ve ever been to. Wouldn’t surprise me if the NC$$ “changed” it up and went to those types of places.

      • Damn, even though I wish him the best for his career, I hope Montgomery doesn’t get the Panthers job. If he does, Borgstrom is definitely gone, and probably Terry and Gambrell. Hopefully, Montgomery will not get it, and will get an offer from a better team next year.

        • I’m really surprised he would even be interviewing. I mean, yeah, its the NHL, but they have a pretty good thing going with DU right now.

          • I realize an NHL head coaching job in an NHL job, but any coach’s future with the Panthers is to get fired in a year or two. They were only slightly better than the Avalanche. Also, Borgstrom leaving to join Florida and playing in the NHL right away is equal to Jost going to the Avalanche immediately. There is no way to put up any numbers being surrounded by incompetent players.

    • Might become the “Colonial” regionals. Providence will be the “East”, Boston will be the “Northeast”, Hartford the “Midwest” and Albany the “West”. Skate likes it’s 1679 boys.

      • Or the “Horace Greeley” regionals. Denver would be the “Northeast”, Colorado Springs the “East”, Minneapolis the “Midwest, and Fargo the “West”. Skate like it’s 1849 boys.

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