Another big time NCAA event is coming to the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Thanks to Chris O’Connor at Fairfield University for this.
Here’s the official release:
The NCAA announced today that Fairfield and Yale will host a 2012 NCAA Men’s Hockey East Regional at Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard, the third such event awarded to the two Connecticut Division I Universities. The Stags and Bulldogs co-hosted the first time with the 2009 East Regional at Harbor Yard and will host again at The Arena in 2011.
Yale, Michigan, Air Force and eventual champion Vermont competed in the 2009 regional that drew a Harbor Yard record 8,478 fans on both nights. The Bulldogs, who lost to the Frozen Four bound Catamounts, returned to the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional at Worcester, Mass., and beat North Dakota before falling to eventual national champion Boston College.
Fairfield and Yale had plenty of NCAA hosting experience before partnering in 2009. The Stags have hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship on three occasions at Harbor Yard, including the Bridgeport Regional in 2006.
Yale, co-hosts with the ECAC for the 2004 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four at Providence, has also run NCAA contests for baseball, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse.
The 2012 East Regional will be played on March 23-24, with each of the four participating teams having an open practice on March 22. The regional winner earns a trip to the Frozen Four at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.