HAMDEN, Conn. –Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Commissioner Rich Ensor have announced a joint venture by Quinnipiac University and the MAAC to co-host the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four at the Amway Center in Orland, Fla. for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Quinnipiac will host the 2014 NCAA Women's Collegiate National Championship on Mar. 20-22 at the University's TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. McDonald recently guided Quinnipiac to the MAAC and was accepted by conference commissioner Rich Ensor to begin competition in the NCAA Division I conference for the 2013-14 season.
The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team recently advanced to the Frozen Four in 2012-13, defeating St. Cloud State in the national semifinal before falling to Yale in the NCAA Championshp Game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The 2014 NCAA Frozen Four will be hosted by the City of Philadelphia, Pa. at the Wells Fargo Center, home to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.
The arena is home to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, and hosted the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. The NCAA announced November 12, the Amway Center was granted the opportunity to host 2nd and 3rd round games of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2014. On January 14, 2013, the Arena Football League's Board of Directors voted to award Arena Bowl XXVI to Orlando in the summer of 2013. On September 4, 2013, the Orlando Predators were informed the team that they had defaulted on their lease for failing to meet attendance requirements, forcing the team out of the arena.