Buffalo bids for NCAA hockey, lacrosse tournaments

The MAAC on Wednesday announced its bid for Buffalo to host an upcoming NCAA hockey Frozen Four at the First Niagara Center, as well as a bid for Ralph Wilson Stadium to host an early round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.

The bids cover a four-year span, from the 2014-15 season through the 2017-18 season.

Hosting a Frozen Four would include both semifinal games and the national championship being played at the First Niagara Center in mid-April. Winning a men’s lacrosse bid would mean getting two of the four quarterfinal games at The Ralph in mid-May.

Buffalo last hosted a Frozen Four in 2003. Both Canisius and Niagara — who would serve as joint hosts — made the NCAA hockey tournament last season, but lost in the first round. Canisius men’s lacrosse made the NCAA tournament in 2012 (and its women’s lacrosse team has made the tournament three years running).

Buffalo was reported to be considering a Frozen Four bid last spring.

The NCAA will announce its site selections in December.

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