Penn State to host several NCAA championships

Posted April 20, 2017

The university hosted the 2014 Frozen Four in which Clarkson, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Mercyhurst duked it out for the national title. Coincidentally, the 2022 Frozen Four will be held in Boston. Allentown will also host a regional in 2019, while Fargo, North Dakota gets the other Western regional in 2019.

Penn State will have an opportunity to host its first NCAA hockey event the weekend of March 23-25, 2018, when four teams will converge in an NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Regional at the PPL Center in Allentown.

The NCAA states that it selects hosts based on the environment the sites provide for student athletes as well as their adherence to NCAA bid specifications, including providing optimal facilities, transportation to the locations and lodging. The victor of the regional will advance to the 2018 Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NCAA announced Tuesday that the 2022 men's hockey championship will be played at TD Garden. There had been talk of Portland, Maine hosting a regional at the recently-renovated Cross Insurance Arena, but it won't happen in this cycle.

The University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center will host the Northeast Regional Gymnastics tournament on April 3, 2021. Following the success of hosting the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, the Lehigh Valley has solidified its reputation as a hockey market and its fans are incredibly passionate.

In addition to the Frozen Four announcement, the NCAA also revealed regional sites for the 2018 and 2019 tournaments. "Being selected to host the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Regionals is a great honor and we are excited for the positive impact it will have on our community". There were no surprises in the East, as Worcester's DCU Center and Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena will host regionals in 2018, followed by Manchester's SNHU Arena and Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center in 2019. The Midwest Regional will be hosted by PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., and the West Regional is slated for Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.