Hockey fans will flock to Ford Field for the 2010 Frozen Four
After a twenty-year intermission, downtown Detroit will once again have the honor of hosting the NCAA hockey championship as the NCAA announced in a conference call today that the 2010 Frozen Four will be played at Ford Field.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, based in Farmington Hills, is pleased to be hosting another NCAA title game in the Motor City.
“The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is extremely excited to be part of another major sporting event that is coming to Detroit,” said CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos. “The Frozen Four at Ford Field will provide an incredible platform for us to showcase our sport. Most importantly, it will provide us with the opportunity to create an experience of a lifetime for those student-athletes who participate in it, and for the fans in attendance.”
This will mark the first time since 1990 that the NCAA championship will be decided in Motown. Wisconsin beat Colgate, 7-3, in the title game 15 years ago at Joe Louis Arena.
The 1977 (Wisconsin), 1979 (Minnesota), 1985 (RPI) and 1987 (North Dakota over Michigan State) finals were also in Detroit. In the ’77 final, the Badgers beat Michigan, 6-5 in overtime.
Ford Field will be the second football stadium to host a college hockey game in the state of Michigan. In 2001, the Cold War game at Spartan Stadium between Michigan and Michigan State in front of more than 74,000 fans ended in a 3-3 tie. Ford Field has a capacity of 65,000.
Also grabbing the spotlight with their Frozen Four bids were Washington, D.C. (2009), St. Paul, Minn., in 2011 and Tampa, Fla., in 2012.
In addition to Detroit’s successful Frozen Four bid, the NCAA also announced that the 2009 Midwest Regional will faceoff at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids played host to a regional last season and is slated to host another in 2007.
Future Frozen Four and Regional Sites
East Regional — Pepsi Arena (Albany, NY., March 25-26)
Northeast Regional — DCU Center (Worcester, MA, March 24-25)
Midwest Regional — Resch Center (Green Bay, WI, March 25-26)
West Regional — Engelstad Arena (Grand Forks, ND, March 24-25)
Frozen Four — Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI, April 6 and 8)
East Regional — Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, NY, March 23-24)
Northeast Regional — Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH, March 24-25)
Midwest Regional — Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, MI, March 23-24)
West Regional — Pepsi Center (Denver, CO, March 24-25)
Frozen Four — Savvis Center (St. Louis, MO, April 5 and 7)
East Regional — Pepsi Arena (Albany, NY, March 28-30)
Northeast Regional — DCU Center (Worcester, MA, March 28-30)
Midwest Regional — Kohl Center (Madison, WI, March 28-30)
West Regional — Colorado Springs World Arena (Colorado Springs, CO, March 28-30)
Frozen Four — Pepsi Center (Denver, CO, April 10 and 12)
East Regional — Arena at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, CT, March 27-29)
Northeast Regional — Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH, March 27-29)
Midwest Regional — Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, MI, March 27-29)
West Regional — Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis, MN, March 27-29)
Frozen Four — MCI Center (Washington, D.C., April 9 and 11)
East Regional — Pepsi Arena (Albany, NY, March 26-28)
Northeast Regional — DCU Center (Worcester, MA, March 26-28)
Midwest Regional — TBA (March 26-28)
West Regional — TBA (March 26-28)
Frozen Four — Ford Field (Detroit, MI, April 8 and 10)
East Regional — Arena at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, CO, March 25-27)
Northeast Regional — Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, NH, March 25-27)
Midwest Regional — TBA (March 25-27)
West Regional — TBA (March 25-27)
Frozen Four — Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN, April 7 and 9)
East Regional — TBA (March 23-25)
Northeast Regional — TBA (March 23-25)
Midwest Regional — TBA (March 23-25)
West Regional — TBA (March 23-25)
Frozen Four — St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL, April 5 and 7)