NCAA expects high attendance
Tickets for single sessions available
With the Frozen Four coming to Buffalo in a month, organizers say about 14,000 tickets have been sold and they expect KeyBank Center to be sold out or close to capacity.
The NCAA men’s hockey semifinals are scheduled for April 11 at 5 and 8:30 with the championship game set for April 13 at 8.
“We’re trying to make sure people know that tickets are available and affordable and we’d love to have everybody come out,” said Mark Bedics, the NCAA director of media coordination and championships. “We typically sell out or really close and don’t see a reason why this year would be anything else.”
The bracket will be revealed March 24 with regional semifinals and finals taking place March 29-31 in Providence, R.I.; Fargo, N.D.; Manchester, N.H., and Allentown, Pa. The winners move to the Frozen Four.
Bedics noted that attendance at the Frozen Four is team dependent.
“If UMass makes it for the first time, it would have a huge impact,” he said. “If North Dakota makes a run, they have a huge fan base. Quinnipiac is trending well.
“When we’re in Boston with the amount of schools so close and the amount of college hockey fans, it sells out right away. It’s one of those things where some people don’t know that it’s happening and some people might think that it’s sold out.”
All session tickets are listed from $224 to $650. The Frozen Four recently starting selling single session tickets. Tickets for individual sessions (either the two semifinals or the final) are $120 for adults and $25 for kids. Family Packs for four people for the semifinals are $300.
The Frozen Four comes to Buffalo on the heels of disappointing attendance and complaints of high prices for tickets and ticket packages for the 2018 World Junior Championship in December 2017 and January 2018.
“We’ve heard the same thing,” he said. “But Buffalo does a tremendous job hosting NCAA championships. That’s what we’re excited about. When the MAAC hosts basketball, there is a good turnout. There was a good turnout (for the Frozen Four in Buffalo) in 2003.
file photo “The other piece of the puzzle is the quality of hockey is unbelievable. Jack Eichel was in the event in 2015. It’s going to be household names playing in the event. The World Juniors is great, but this is obviously a higher caliber. In the past, there’s been several players in a game on Saturday and then play with an NHL club on Thursday. That’s the level of the studentathlete player we’re bringing.”
Information on tickets is available at www.ncaa.com/ frozenfour.
The NCAA Frozen Four logo will once again be applied to the KeyBank Center ice in less than a month. The semifinals are April 11 and the final is April 13.