Friday, May 07, 2010

Consol Energy Center Bids To Host NCAA Frozen Four

The good news about the new multi-purpose arena in downtown being built for the Pittsburgh area. Since the NCAA Tourney was successful in the DC area, the college association has decided that the Consol Energy Center would be a finalist in consideration to bring the NCAA championship ice hockey tourney to the city.
If Pittsburgh is awarded the Frozen Four, it would mark the first major team sport in NCAA history to conduct its national championship in the city.
I think this would be another great way to show off the new facility to hockey fans from all over. I don't quite know if any of the local teams would ever break into the finals in front of their hometown fans, but Robert Morris University has been quietly building a championship contending program. All it needs is a little more exposure to the rest of the hockey states like Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Of couse, we would see the Ohio State and Michigan teams here as they wouldn't have to make that far of a drive.

There has been college hockey in the Mellon Arena before. Penn State, Notre Dame and other schools have partaken in several challenge weekends once a year in an effort to promote NCAA college hockey opportunities.

[Via: Consol Energy Center]
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