Detroit to host 2020 Frozen Four, 2021 NCAA tourney games

The NCAA postseason is heading back to Detroit.

Little Caesars Arena, which will open later this year as the home of the Red Wings and Pistons, will host the 2020 Division I men's hockey Frozen Four, the NCAA announced on its web site today. The NCAA also announced that LCA will host first- and second-round games of the 2021 Division I men's basketball tournament and the 2022 Division I wrestling championships.

The news comes after LCA, the Detroit Sports Commission and state universities submitted bids in August to host postseason events in either 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022.

The bids were among 54 submitted by the DSC for NCAA championship events to be hosted at specified Detroit venues.

As was announced earlier, Little Caesars Arena also will host first- and second-round NCAA men's basketball tournament games on March 16 and 18, 2018. Detroit hosted the 2009 Final Four at Ford Field, which saw North Carolina beat Michigan State in the championship game.

Detroit has hosted the Frozen Four six times at three different sites: Olympia Stadium (1977, 1979), Joe Louis Arena (1985, 1987 and 1990) and Ford Field (2010).

The 2007 NCAA wrestling championships took place at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The event, which was hosted by Michigan, drew more than 84,000 fans in three days.

© 2017 Detroit Free Press


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