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U.S. Bank Arena to host NCAA hockey in 2016

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati USA will host the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Midwest Regional in partnership with Miami University. The competition will take place at U.S. Bank Arena on March 25-27, 2016.

More than 850 room nights will be contracted for NCAA participants and officials for the two-day event. The event will also attract thousands of spectators to U.S. Bank Arena, home to the EHCLs Cincinnati Cyclones. U.S. Bank Arena, then called Riverfront Coliseum,  hosted the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Frozen Four and has played host to multiple NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament regionals and the 1997 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four.

"We are thrilled to once again have the honor of hosting the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Midwest Regional" said U.S. Bank Arena Vice President & General Manager Kristin Ropp. "We are excited to host this year's Midwest Regional at the end of March. To be granted games in 2016 is a testament to the hard work of our partners, Miami University, the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp., and the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. We look forward to bringing championship collegiate athletics back to Cincinnati in the coming years."

The Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, an affiliate of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau for nearly 10 years, works to bring high-profile amateur sports events to the region. This fall they conducted for the first time a regional NCAA championship audit which resulted in regional partnerships, a thorough facilities audit and resulted in the success of being selected as a finalist city for three NCAA championships.

High-profile events like the NCAA continue to build Cincinnati's reputation as a city that can successfully host and execute national events," said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. "This back-to-back win is not only a testament to the overall appeal of Cincinnati, but also the prestigious collegiate athletic programs we are fortunate to have throughout the region like Miami University's hockey program."

Miami's hockey team has qualified for seven straight NCAA Tournaments, the third-longest active streak in the nation, and 10 NCAA Tournaments in program history, while twice making the NCAA's Frozen Four.

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