Quinnipiac to host 2019 Women's Frozen Four

Frozen Four coming to Pittsburgh in 2021, NCAA tournament in 2022

NCAA men's hockey regionals are held in off-campus facilities but Penn State is still excited to serve as the host institution for the Midwest Regionals.

Penn State's Pegula Ice Center will host the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2022, the school announced Tuesday in a press release.

The NCAA announced men's regional hockey sites for the next two seasons.

PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, has already hosted a number of big-name concerts and high-profile events, like the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host several NCAA championships", said Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour.

The University of Pittsburgh was also chosen to host several championship events that Penn State faithful might be interested in - including the men's hockey Frozen Four in 2021, the wrestling national championships in 2019 and the women's volleyball national title game in 2019. The NCAA hockey selection process for the 16-team field is a cold and lifeless computer model that is well-known and followed completely. "It's an honor to have those efforts recognized with successful bids to host NCAA Championship events in our two newest sports and in two new, state-of-the-art facilities". The Nittany Lion basketball team defeated Drexel in the PPL Center in December 2014.

Rec Hall will again host a national collegiate women's gymnastics regional on April 4, 2020. (The men's regionals are routinely held at off-campus facilities.) The Lehigh Valley rink is almost a three-hour drive from Pegula Ice Arena, but that's still considerably closer than the last Midwest Regional that was held in Cincinnati (seven-hour drive).

Both Allentown regionals are hosted by Penn State and the Sioux Falls and Fargo regionals are both hosted by North Dakota - an indication of a declining interest from other schools and cities to host as the NCAA struggles to find neutral, mid-sized rinks in the Midwest that can draw well and make money. The 2018 and 2021 National Collegiate Fencing Championships will also be at Penn State. Penn State last hosted the event in 2009.

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