NCAA regionals sold out in Manchester

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- The University of New Hampshire athletic department and the NCAA Div. I ice hockey committee announced Thursday that the 2004 NCAA Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester is sold out.

The event, which takes takes place Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 marked the earliest sellout in the history of the NCAA regionals. The tickets for the event went on sale Friday, Oct. 3rd and tickets for the 10,000 seat arena sold out in three months.

On July 1, 2002, the NCAA Div. I Ice Hockey Committee announced that the UNH was awarded the NCAA Northeast regionals for 2004 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

"With the excitement that always surrounds the University of New Hampshire hockey program we knew that the Northeast regional in Manchester would be a tough ticket," said Ron Grahame, associate director of athletics at the University of Denver and chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee. "We are thrilled with the sellout and feel that this continues to show that the popularity of college hockey is at an all-time high."

Four teams will compete at the Northeast regional with two games on Saturday, March 27 at 12 p.m./3:30 p.m. and the regional final on Sunday, March 28 at 4 p.m. The winner of the Northeast region will advance to play in the 2004 Frozen Four at the FleetCenter in Boston on April 8 and 10.

"The sellout at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester is testament to the fabulous support of hockey fans in the state of New Hampshire and in particular UNH fans. We are very appreciative of the support from the fans for this important event and assure them a great show of college hockey. Our intent has been to make this a destination that the NCAA wants to return to time and again," UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano stated.

The NCAA also announced on June 27, 2003 that UNH will host the 2007 Northeast regionals on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25.

"We're extremely delighted with the response to these games, which have resulted in a sellout weekend. Together with the University of New Hampshire we recognized and never doubted the tremendous amount of support this region displays for hockey. We look forward to this very prestigious and exciting event this year and many years to come," said Tim Bechert, General Manager of the Verizon Wireless Arena.

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