I do agree that attendance might not be impressive this year. I know the Canalside/Inner Harbor area has been transformed and rejuvenated in recent years, but Buffalo isn't seen as a "cool place to go" by most of us north of the border (especially in April). I go to the Frozen Four each year for the hockey and to see friends who share common interests. I also enjoy meeting others who are fans of college hockey and are passionate about the school they cheer for. The host city is irrelevant to me, and I always find things to see and do over the course of the weekend. This year I'll be driving down for the games on Thursday/Saturday rather than paying inflated hotel rates in a city I'm not interested in seeing as a tourist.
For years I've been trying to convince friends up here of the quality of NCAA hockey, but I've had little to no impact on getting anyone interested enough to attend a Frozen Four - even one just a couple of hours away!