Washington has been selected as the host city for the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey championships, the NCAA announced yesterday. The games will be played at MCI Center and the Naval Academy will be the host institution.
The Greater Washington Sports Alliance, District officials, the Washington Capitals, MCI Center and Naval Academy put together the winning bid. The event will generate an estimated $10 million for the region's economy, according to Bob Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. Sports business analysts said that figure appeared optimistic but agreed the event would provide a financial benefit to the region.
"It's a huge win for Washington," Sweeney said. "If you're going to do a national event, why not do it where history is made -- in the nation's capital? There is no better place to grow this sport and put it on the national stage."
The 2006 Frozen Four will take place at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, with 2007 at Savvis Center in St. Louis and 2008 at Pepsi Center in Denver. Also announced yesterday: Detroit's Ford Field will host the event in 2010, with Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., getting it in 2011 and Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum hosting in 2012.
-- Tarik El-Bashir