Boston gets 2022 Frozen Four
All events will take place in Happy Valley, with the exception of the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Men's Hockey Midwest Regionals, which will instead be played at Allentown's PPL Center.
The 2018 regionals are slated for March 23-25 and then March 29-31 in 2019.
Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary rounds and finals, the most of any city, including the D-I wrestling final in 2019, the women's volleyball final in 2019 and the first and second round of the men's NCAA tournament in 2022.
"Penn State prides itself on providing exceptional championship experiences for student-athletes", said Penn State Assistant Athletic Director Michael Cross, who oversees the men's and women's hockey programs, in a news release from the school. The NCAA hockey selection process for the 16-team field is a cold and lifeless computer model that is well-known and followed completely. One, I'm a hockey fan, too.
The event will be held at the PPL Center, which was opened in 2014.
The location was selected to host both the 2018 and 2019 Midwest regionals, and Penn State will be the host each year. "The PPL Center will provide a fun tournament atmosphere for the NCAA Men's Hockey regionals in Allentown". As a result Penn State now enters a unique window of opportunity, the Nittany Lions coming up just shy of their first Frozen Four appearance this season, and now looking at the potential for home ice advantage in consecutive postseasons with a friendly Frozen Four and NCAA Title venue within a reasonable five year window.
While he said it's too early to speculate on ticket sales or how many people the games would draw to the region, Gunnar Fox, general manager of PPL Center, said it would likely be comparable to the crowds that January's American Hockey League Classic brought in. The last time UNH hosted a regional was in 2005. The 2018 and 2021 National Collegiate Fencing Championships will also be at Penn State. "The last time we hosted in 2009 it was a big hit".