I'm very bummed that Fighting Hawk Falls isn't the Midwest Regional. It was a great arena and good town for that. According to Schlossman UND didn't bid there this year but bid on the Ralph.
Loveland is a great idea and the only surprise is that it didn't happen sooner.
I wonder why more schools don't try to host in Iowa at USHL venues. but I digress.
"And there is a banana running around the DECC." "Well you don't see that every day..."
I'm shocked to see Albany just because there had been nothing reported that the arena even bid.
But those who hadn't been there in a few years will be pleasently surprised. There's been over $20M in upgrades to the arena - the atrium/entrance is much improved and now enclosed. It looks nothing like it did before. The concessions have all new facades. Most of the bathrooms have been re-done.
There's also an attached convention center to the arena that was not open when hockey was here in 2016. It will be great for fan fests and the like.
That's true in every city, not just Loveland.
Until the NCAA changes what it wants from a national tournament the system we have is the system we'll keep.
Yay! I get to ride my bike to a regional. The Luvland arena is 6 miles away. I will be wearing the California State Bear flag bike jersey - start your target practice now. I might ride tomorrow night when the Colorado EGulls play the Bakersville Condos in the AHL first round.
Tourism: New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins. Like most places FoCo is littered with breweries. There is another local bigger brewery too - same name as the arena. As for ski areas, Eldora is 25 miles west of Boulder. If the snow is good, Eldora is good. Drop in and say hi at the Eldora First Aid room - injury optional. Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park may have set out the tourist traps and chased out the yeti by March.
Loveland is actually a pretty cool spot for it. It's a nice drive up from Denver, and for those who don't want an hour in the car, it's a quick drive down from Fort Collins. If I were still living in Denver, I'd definitely plan on being there. Sadly, getting downstates is too costly and time consuming to be realistic.
A trip to Kohl Center would have been tempting. But I'm certainly not surprised it wasn't selected.
Big Picture? Small Screen:
For me, this set of venues means another two years of viewing the regionals on TV. It'll be OK; I'm used to it. Loveland may even help the TV viewer. With the Mountain Time Zone in the mix, that provides some options for reducing overlap between the games.
I am concerned about Year 2 in Loveland. No DU + less novelty could mean disaster at the turnstiles. But pairing that selection with Fargo provides a financial safety net, assuming that the UND fanbase is once again willing to subsidize the current format en masse. Note that giving the Dakotas a year off in 2020 may serve to whet the appetite for 2021.
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With Yale and SHU as co-hosts in Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport in 2021, what would the NCAA do if both teams make the field? Unlike in past years where Yale and Fairfield co-hosted, as of this past season the Webster Bank Arena is SHU's home rink. Highly unlikely scenario, but who knows?
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