UD and the Delaware Sports Commission won the bid for the 2014 ACHA Men’s Division 1 national championship, scheduled March 6-11, as well as the Women’s Division 1 and 2 national championships, to be held March 13-16.
The University of Delaware is the No. 8 seed in the men’s tournament, and will play against No. 9 Minot State at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 8.
The men’s tournament will be held at UD’s Fred Rust Ice Arena from March 6-11, and the women’s Division 1 and Division 2 is set March 13-16 in UD’s Rust and Gold ice arenas.
The single-elimination men’s tournament will consist of 20 teams, made up of between 20-25 players, while the women play a round robin pool play tournament on March 13-14, with the semifinals taking place on March 15 and the championship games on March 16.
Bruce Thompson, assistant director of Recreation Services at UD, said it’s an honor to have the ACHA championships return to the University. “We are thrilled that our programs will have a chance to compete on a national stage in front of our own fans,” Thompson said.
The men’s Division 1 national championship rotates to different schools each year, and was last hosted at UD in 2011. This is the first time UD will be the site of the women’s event and the first time in the tournament’s history that one school has hosted both the men’s and women’s international championships.
In 2012, the men’s tournament was held in Cleveland, with UD emerging as the national champion in a 5-1 victory over Oakland University.
Ticket prices for the men’s championship games (March 6-10) are $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under, per day. The final championship game on March 11 will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. UD students are free with their ID.
Ticket prices for the women’s championship games (March 13-16) will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-17 and free for children ages 5 and under. UD students are free with their ID.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com (type ACHA in the search bar), by phone through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or in person at the Delaware Ticket Office in the Bob Carpenter Center, 631 South College Ave., Newark.
Visiting teams may purchase blocks of tickets directly through Ticketmaster or by emailing Denita Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams emailing to purchase tickets will need to process their payment at the time of purchase; no tickets will be held without payment.
The ACHA tournament is being presented by Pat’s Pizzeria and sponsored by MegaBus.