INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA awarded 523 host sites for 82 of its 89 championships spanning the 2014-18 seasons on Wednesday and the University of New Hampshire was named host of the 2015 Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional, 2016 Women’s Frozen Four and 2017 Skiing Championship.
In addition, the NCAA announced Hockey East will host the 2015 Men’s Frozen Four at the TD Garden in Boston.
"We are delighted to receive the news that we will be hosting these NCAA championships,” said Marty Scarano, UNH Director of Athletics. “I think it's a great tribute to the hard work of our staff and coaches here at UNH, and certainly the management at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
"We've hosted these championships before, and I am absolutely confident that we will continue to do a great job hosting these coveted events again," Scarano added.
The 2015 season will mark the sixth time UNH hosts a men’s ice hockey regional at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.; the event was previously at that venue with the Wildcats as host in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011 and 2013. New Hampshire has advanced to the regional at Verizon Wireless Arena each of the previous five occasions.
The Women’s Frozen Four will be held at the University’s Whittemore Center for the third time since the NCAA began sponsoring a women’s ice hockey championship in 2001. UNH was the site of the 2002 Frozen Four and the Wildcats became the first school to host the event twice when the championship returned to Durham in 2005.
UNH will host the NCAA Skiing Championship for the fifth time when the event returns to the state of New Hampshire for the ninth time overall in 2017. The Wildcats also served as host of the NCAAs in 1984, 1992, 1995 and 2007.
“We really want to thank everyone who put in a bid,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “The competitiveness of the bids made it extremely difficult for the sport committees to select sites as there just weren’t spots for all of the great bids we received. Ultimately the sites that were selected will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans the best experience possible.”
The new NCAA championship bid process creates the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 82 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
Bidding for 82 of 89 NCAA championships began in July and 1,984 bid applications were submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in 523 total championship event sites awarded.
For more information on all of the NCAA championship sites awarded, log on to www.ncaa.com/site-selections.