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NCAA Committee Impressed With Tampa As Host Of Men's Frozen Four
Published April 10, 2012
WE WANT YOU BACK: In Albany, Pete Iorizzo wrote a lot about the Frozen Four “had changed by the time the event came to Albany in 1992 and then again in 2001, when it just about filled the downtown arena to capacity.” The Frozen Four now is “so big as to be barely recognizable.” Iorizzo: “If you like college hockey and live here [in] the Capital Region, it also means the sport's gain is your loss.” The tournament since ’02 has “hit NHL cities and NHL arenas every year except one,” when it was in Milwaukee in ’06. What Albany “can’t do is change the capacity of Times Union Center.” It seats “14,000 for hockey,” but the NCAA “is looking for 15,000, minimum.” Times Union Center GM Bob Belber said, "The events have grown to a degree that they're so prestigious that every city wants them. And a lot of the cities that want them have the sufficient space the NCAA is looking for" (Albany TIMES UNION, 4/8).