COLLEGE HOCKEY: Fargo to host 2015 NCAA Regional
By Brad Elliott Schlossman
Forum News Service
FARGO - The University of North Dakota will host the 2015 NCAA Men's ice hockey regional at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
UND worked on this bid in conjunction with Ralph Engelstad Arena and Scheels Arena.
That means if UND makes the NCAA tournament next season, it will automatically be placed in Fargo.
“We are honored and excited to have been awarded the 2015 NCAA Men’s West Regional,” said UND athletics director Brian Faison in a news release. “This hosting opportunity is the result of a great team effort partnering UND with Ralph Engelstad Arena and Scheels Arena.”
Scheels Arena is the home of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force franchise. It has also previously hosted the 2009 IIHF World U18 Hockey Championship.
“Scheels Arena will be a great venue for the 2015 NCAA West Regional tournament,” said UND head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s a first-class facility that is within driving distance for the fans of several college hockey programs. The atmosphere in the building should be second-to-none within regional competition.”
“We are confident that a NCAA Men’s West Region Tournament will be a huge success in Fargo. Scheels Arena provides a great off-campus location for a regional tournament and we look forward to the tournament returning to North Dakota,” said Ralph Engelstad Arena general manager Jody Hodgson.
“We are extremely excited to host Division I hockey in our venue and in our city,” said Scheels Arena general manager Jon Kram. “Even more than that, we are pleased to be working in conjunction with the University of North Dakota and Ralph Engelstad Arena. It is a testament to the willingness of the organizations to work together to ensure our communities have access to elite events such as this one when so often we are thought of as competitors by the general public. It sets the stage for future partnerships that will continue to enhance the communities in which we live and operate.”
Ticket information, including on-sale dates and pricing, will be announced at a later date.
On the other side, UND did not get picked to host a Women’s Frozen Four. Although there were only four finalist cities and four years to be picked, the NCAA decided to go to Ridder Arena twice.
Below is the summary of what was decided today:
NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT
2015 NCAA regionals
South Bend, Ind.
FROZEN FOUR — Boston
2016 NCAA regionals
FROZEN FOUR — Tampa, Fla.
2017 FROZEN FOUR — Chicago
2018 FROZEN FOUR — St. Paul
NCAA WOMEN’S FROZEN FOURS
2015 — Minneapolis
2016 — Durham, N.H.
2017 — St. Charles, Mo.
2018 — Minneapolis