The PPL Center and Lehigh Valley Phantoms announced on Tuesday that they will be hosting the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Frozen Four tournament in 2018 and 2019 with Penn State serving as hosts.
— PPL Center (@PPLCenter) April 18, 2017
The Midwest Regionals will take place on the weekends of March 23rd-25th, 2018 and March 29th-31st 2019.
After leaving the Spectrum and playing in Adirondack for a few years, the Phantoms returned to the Philadelphia area in 2014 at the PPL Center. The PPL Center is less than three years old but has already hosted an AHL All-Star Game in January and will host a major regional for the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament.
Here is more from the PPL Center press release:
“The arena was designed to attract major events to the Lehigh Valley and it continues to live up to its reputation,” said Rob Brooks, Owner, BDH Development and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. “We are thrilled to partner with Penn State to host the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals at PPL Center. We look forward to building a long-lasting relationship with the NCAA and continuing to grow the sport of hockey in the Lehigh Valley.”
PPL Center is no stranger to the national spotlight. The announcement comes on the heels of the incredibly successful 2017 AHL All-Star Classic hosted by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center, which put the global spotlight on downtown Allentown and the Lehigh Valley to more than 100 million households worldwide.
“Following the success of hosting the American Hockey League’s All Star Classic this past January, this is another tremendous opportunity to showcase PPL Center and the entire Lehigh Valley to hockey fans across the world,” added Jim Brooks, Owner, BDH Development and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. “Being selected to host the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals is a great honor and we are excited for the positive impact it will have on our community.”
It’s an exciting time for hockey in Allentown, and the announcement came at the perfect time with the Calder Cup Playoffs starting on Friday night at the PPL Center between the Lehigh Phantoms and the Hershey Bears.
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