Oct. 8, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA announced today that a new seating configuration will be utilized for the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, scheduled on April 8 and 10, 2010, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

The new configuration will allow for more hockey fans to enjoy the Men's Frozen Four in person than ever before, taking the overall capacity for the event to just over 36,000 available seats. The current record attendance for a Men's Frozen Four game is 19,432, established at the 2007 championship game at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., where Michigan State University defeated Boston College 3-1. Ford Field also holds four separate NCAA men's basketball championship attendance records, establishing the all-time marks with the 2008 regional games, the 2009 open practice, the 2009 national semifinal games and the 2009 national championship game.

The Men's Frozen Four's new configuration will place the ice in the west end-zone of the stadium, with a riser system to the east of the ice. Click here for the layout of the 2010 Men's Frozen Four configuration at Ford Field.

"We are truly excited about the potential for a record-setting Men's Frozen Four at Ford Field," said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. "The NCAA, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Detroit Sports and Ford Field have been working together to ensure the 2010 Men's Frozen Four will be one of the best ever. With this championship having more available seats than in previous years, as well as taking sight lines and the current economy into consideration, we felt this design was the best for everyone involved. The fans and student-athletes who are a part of this historic event will be talking about the championship for years to come."

Additional events and activities around the Men's Frozen Four, to ensure the fans experience all the excitement possible at this championship, will be announced at a later time.

"In addition to the championship, we are equally excited to be working with Ford Field and the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau in planning ancillary events, similar to the 2009 Men's Final Four, which will engage our community and provide fans the opportunity to participate in another great NCAA championship event," said Tom Anastos, commissioner of the CCHA.

Fans that have already purchased tickets to the 2010 Men's Frozen Four through Ticketmaster will be relocated to comparable seats in the new configuration. In addition, each fan who is relocated will receive an exclusive 2010 Men's Frozen Four commemorative ticket.

Ford Field will become the third venue to host both a Men's Final Four and a Men's Frozen Four event, and will become the first venue to host the events in back-to-back years.

Tickets are available for purchase by visiting www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800/745-3000. Each all-session ticket includes the two semifinal games on Thursday, April 8, and the national championship game on Saturday, April 10. Tickets are available in four price ranges - $40, $79, $119 and $189.

For more information on the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four, visit www.NCAA.com/frozenfour.