Top club level collegiate hockey teams from around the country are on the ice in Newark this week and next as the University of Delaware hosts the 2014 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division I Championship Tournament.
The host Blue Hens are the tourney’s 8th seed and play Saturday against the 9th seed and reigning champion, Minot State.
The Hens won the Division I men’s title in 2012.
Dave Arthur, Executive Director of the Delaware Sports Commission says UD’s success is just one part of the winter sport’s strong tradition in the First State.
“Delaware is definitely a hub for hockey. There’s a lot of hockey fans and a lot of hockey players in this area and the Winter Olympics always raises the profile of those winter sports so I think now is the perfect time for this tournament while everybody is thinking hockey,” said Arthur.
The men’s tournament be followed by the Women’s Division I and II national tournament next week – March 13th through 16th.
Organizers predict the tournaments will attract more than 2,000 spectators each.
Arthur says even relatively small sporting events like these boost First State tourism revenue.
“This tournament is projected to bring an economic impact of $1.4 million to the state of Delaware because you’ve got these teams coming in, they’re bringing their fans and they are obviously staying in hotels and eating in our restaurants and checking out our attractions,” said Arthur.
UD previously hosted the men’s tournament in 2011. This is the first time the women’s tournament is in Delaware.
All games are held at The Fred Rust Ice Arena and Gold Ice Arena on UD’s campus.
One-day passes for the men’s tournament are $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6- 17, free for children 5-and-under. Tickets for the final championship game (March 11) will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. UD students are admitted free with ID.
Tickets for women’s games are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17 and free for children ages 5-and-under. Tickets are valid the entire day. Each day of the competition includes several games.
The ACHA men’s tournament wraps up Tuesday with its championship game at 7. The women’s title games are Sunday, March 16th at 11:30 am and 2 pm.