MassMutual Center in Springfield to host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional
The NCAA announced Wednesday that the MassMutual Center in Springfield has been selected to host a 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional, marking the first time the event has been held at the MassMutual Center.
American International College and the University of Massachusetts will serve as host schools for the event.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Ice Hockey Championships in 2024,” Sean Dolan, general manager of the MassMutual Center, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to partnering with both the University of Massachusetts and American International College as we welcome hockey fans to western Massachusetts, where we have established a winning tradition.”
The two-day regional will feature four teams competing in two first-round games, with the winners advancing to the regional final the following day. The winner of the regional final will advance to the 2024 Frozen Four, which will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with American International College and the MassMutual Center for a 2024 Regional,” said UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford in a statement. “We have been privileged to see firsthand the passion that fans in this region have for college hockey, and we are looking forward to playing a part in hosting a first-class event in Springfield during one of the most exciting weekends on the college hockey calendar.”
Providence, Rhode Island, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Maryland Heights, Missouri, were also selected as regional sites in 2024.
“We are thrilled to be awarded the bid for the Division I Ice Hockey Championship with UMass and the MassMutual Center for 2024,” said AIC Interim Director of Athletic Jessica Chapin in a statement. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to add to the storied history of hockey in the Springfield, Massachusetts area.”