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Frozen Four Coming To LCA In 2020

via Max White of WXYZ,

Detroit and Little Caesars Arena will be the host of the 2020 Men's NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

Michigan State and the Detroit Sports Commissions will be the hosts for the championships on April 9-11, 2020.

It was originally reported that Detroit would host the 2019 Frozen Four but that is going to Buffalo.

The new arena is also hosting first and second round games for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in 2021.

It will also host first and second round NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games from March 16-18, 2018.

added 5:47pm, Press release is below...

DETROIT - The NCAA announced today that Little Caesars Arena will be the host site for three Division I Men's sporting events, in addition to rounds 1 & 2 of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, which was announced in November, 2014. This means the venue has been awarded four events before its opening in September, 2017. 

The scheduled events at Little Caesars Arena are:

  • March 16 & 18, 2018 Men's Basketball First/Second Round, Detroit Mercy Hosts
  • April 9-11, 2020 Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four, Michigan State Hosts
  • March 18 & 20, 2021 Men's Basketball First/Second Round, University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University Host
  • March 17-19, 2022 Men's Wrestling Championships, University of Michigan Hosts

Little Caesars Arena, future home to the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, was designed to accommodate a wide range of sports events, concerts and family shows, including hockey, basketball and wrestling. This recognition by the NCAA is a testament to the state-of-the-art arena itself, as well as the vibrant resurging area surrounding it-the Ilitch organization-led 50-block sports and entertainment development known as The District Detroit.

"Being selected by the NCAA is yet another piece of evidence pointing to the attractiveness of Detroit and the success of the city's rebirth," said Olympia Entertainment president and CEO Tom Wilson. "Thecombination of sports, music, stores, new restaurants, residential, office and ongoing development in the region makes Detroit a perfect destination for NCAA fans."

"The confidence the NCAA has shown in the Ilitch organization, Olympia Entertainment, the Detroit Sports Commission and our partners at University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, Oakland University and the University of Michigan is tremendous," Wilson continued. "Our goal was always to bring Detroit to the forefront of national and international audiences, through our artists as well as our athletes, coaches and fans. We are thrilled to make good on our promise to provide a first-class sports and entertainment venue that surpasses all expectations. We're proud to work with the Detroit Sports Commission and each of these prestigious schools to host the events, and look forward to showcasing Detroit on a national and international scale." 

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Red Winger's avatar

LCA already making its presence felt in a big way.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/18/17 at 12:27 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Ahh…Good Ice….It was nice knowing ya…... confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/18/17 at 12:57 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Surprised the NCAA would go back to Detroit for a Frozen Four.  The 2010 one at Ford Field is roundly mocked around the country as one of the worst Frozen Fours ever.  Fort Wayne also had a terrible showing as a regional host that year.

Posted by Primis on 04/18/17 at 01:25 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Posted by Primis on 04/18/17 at 02:25 PM ET

Holding it in a 20,000-seat arena over a 65,000-seat stadium will alleviate many problems.

The NCAA Hockey Committee over-played their hand in 2010, they were trying to cash in on the hockey-in-a-stadium craze that was all the rage at the time. They totally over-estimated the desire or craze.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/18/17 at 01:39 PM ET

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