1You can't host on campus
I read they bid.
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The obvious answer is there are not enough appropriately sized neutral venues close enough to the schools that would host.
Then we either go forward with North Dakota trying to host every year and Pennsylvania being the "midwest" or the system gets an overhaul. Which is more likely?
It's happening right now with the conference tournaments. At some point I expect the NCHC to go the way of the WCHA and B1G and go on-campus.
People are not going to travel great distances to see their team play in a regional. It's expensive. It's on tv, or streaming. It's short notice.
Regionals work in the densely populated Northeast where a large number of the teams are located within a half day's drive of every possible regional site, but it won't work for everyone west of Penn State.
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Here is my breakdown of neutral venues:
CO: Denver, Loveland
SD: Sioux Falls, Rapid City
Ralston, Lincoln, Kearney
MN: St Paul,
Theif River Falls, Minneapolis
IA: Sioux City,
Waterloo, Des Moines, Urbandale, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids
WI: Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Milwaukee
MO: St Louis, Independence
IL: Moline, Rockford, Rosemont, Bloomington, Chicago
MI: Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Grand Rapids,
Plymouth, Saginaw, Flint, Detroit
OH: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown
IN: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne
Johnstown, Reading, Allentown, Hershey, Wilke-Barre, Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Did I miss anything? Now how many of those are near a university?
EDITS: Updated to reflect building I previously listed that are below the 5000 capacity requirement (struck through) and changed the "too big" arenas to underlined.
Why not just open up on campus locations? Much more appropriately sized.
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