CINCINNATI – November 1, 2012 – Cincinnati USA will host the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Midwest Regional in partnership with Miami University. The competition will take place at U.S. Bank Arena March 28 – 29, 2014.
The Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), was notified of its selection October 31.
“On behalf of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation and the Cincinnati community, we are honored to host this prestigious collegiate event in Cincinnati,” said Mike Moeddel, Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation Board of Trustees. “It underscores the status of Cincinnati’s high-quality sports offerings and the first-class appeal of the destination as a whole.”
More than 750 room nights have been contracted for NCAA participants and officials for the two-day event. The event will also attract thousands of spectators to U.S. Bank Arena, home to the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. The arena (then called Riverfront Coliseum) hosted the 1996 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four and has played host to multiple NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament regionals and the 1997 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.
“We are delighted that the NCAA has chosen U.S. Bank Arena to host the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Midwest Regional” said U.S. Bank Arena Vice President & General Manager Kristin Ropp. “We look forward to partnering with Miami University and the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp in bringing this showcase event to the city. Being hockey people, we look to promote and extend the sport on every level.”
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation for nearly ten years to bring high-profile amateur sports events to the region.
“High-profile events like the NCAA continue to build Cincinnati’s reputation as a city that can successfully host and execute national events,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. “This win is not only a testament to the overall reputation of the destination but also the strong collegiate athletic programs we are fortunate to have throughout the region. And, Miami’s prestigious hockey program is no exception.”
Miami’s hockey team has qualified for seven straight NCAA Tournaments, the third-longest active streak in the nation, and 10 NCAA Tournaments in program history, while twice making the NCAA’s Frozen Four. The RedHawks are currently No. 4 in the country.
“Miami is very honored and excited to be hosting the 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Midwest Regional. Hockey is something the Miami community is very passionate about and we look forward to showcasing that spirit and enthusiasm at the regional in Cincinnati,” Miami University Interim Director of Athletics Steve Snyder said. “In conjunction with U.S. Bank Arena and the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, we plan on providing the student-athletes, coaches and fans the best possible experience and would like to thank the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee for providing us the opportunity to do so.”
The other three NCAA ice hockey regionals in 2014 will take place March 28-30. The other regional locations are St. Paul, Minn., Bridgeport, Conn. And Worcester, Mass. The winner of each regional advances to the 2014 Frozen Four, which was awarded to the city of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
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