INDIANAPOLIS---Tickets for all four sites of the 2016 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The tickets, being sold as three-game packages, may be purchased online at www.NCAA.com/FrozenFour or through each venue’s ticket office.
The Northeast Regional hosted by College of the Holy Cross at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Midwest Regional hosted by Miami University at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be held March 25-26. One regional will have start times of 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern March 25 with a regional final game time at 5:30 p.m. Eastern March 26. The start times for the other regional will be 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern March 25 while the regional final is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern March 26.
This will be the 14th time the DCU Center has served as host of an NCAA Hockey Regional, the most of any building in the nation. U.S. Bank Arena also hosted the 2014 Midwest Regional and has been awarded the same honor for 2017. In addition, when it was previously known as Riverfront Coliseum, it served as the host venue for the 1996 Frozen Four.
The East Regional hosted by ECAC Hockey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and the West Regional hosted by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will be played March 26-27. Game times for one regional will be 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern March 26, with the regional final being played at 5 p.m. Eastern March 27. The other regional will play at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Eastern March 26, with the regional championship at 7:30 p.m. Eastern March 27.
The Times Union Center will be hosting NCAA hockey championship competition for the 11th time, but the first since 2010. It has hosted a regional round nine times previously, in addition to the 1992 and 2001 Frozen Fours. Since its opening in 2000, the Xcel Energy Center has hosted the 2002 and 2011 Frozen Fours in addition to the West Regional in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The Xcel Energy Center also has been selected to serve as the site of the 2018 Frozen Four.
If any of the aforementioned host schools are selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, they will be assigned to their host site. The times and ESPN platform for each regional will be announced on the selection show, which will air at noon Eastern March 20 on ESPNU. Times and ESPN networks for all regional contests are subject to change.