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Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena to Host "SoCal Clash" NCAA Div. 1 Games

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Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena will host the SoCal Clash, a two-game series between the Harvard Crimson and Arizona State University Sun Devils NCAA Men's Hockey teams on Dec. 28 (4 p.m.) and 29 (1 p.m.), 2019. This will mark the first time since 1999 that an NCAA Division I hockey game will be played in Orange County. The last time an NCAA Division I contest was played in Orange County was during the 1999 Frozen Four at Honda Center featuring Maine (National Champions), New Hampshire, Michigan State and Boston College.

This will be the first and only time the teams will faceoff during the 2019-20 NCAA hockey season. Previously the teams have met four times, with Harvard claiming three of those matchups and Arizona State winning the most recent contest Nov. 17, 2018 in Boston.

Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is one of the nation's largest public ice facilities, located at the Orange County Great Park. The facility is a part of a public-private partnership with the Irvine Ice Foundation. The $100 million, 280,000-square-foot facility has four sheets of ice and serves sports-related activities that include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and public skating hours. FivePoint Arena has space to seat 2,500 spectators. The complex includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, training facilities, retail space, and concession space.

Tickets are on sale now on the Great Park Ice website, ranging from $10-25. Click here to purchase tickets.

About Harvard Crimson Hockey
One of the oldest and most storied programs in all of college hockey, Harvard began competition in the sport in 1898, with a tradition of excellence that continues today. Harvard made its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19, the eighth-most among all Division I programs. Harvard claimed the 1989 national title, the first NCAA championship at the school. In total, Harvard has earned 43 first and second team All-America selections in program history, and four individuals have earned the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey's highest honor.

About Sun Devils Athletics
For more than a century, Sun Devil Athletics has achieved legendary success on and off the field. With 26 intercollegiate varsity sports and more than 650 student-athletes representing Arizona State University, Sun Devil Athletics today is a force that brings even greater attention to the country's most innovative university (U.S. News & World Report, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), while also engaging the regional community through thousands of volunteer service hours.

Seeking the highest-possible bar of excellence, Sun Devil Athletics shapes student-athletes who are successful academically and athletically, and who are prepared for success following graduation. Championship performance, integrity, graduation and tradition are hallmarks of the Sun Devil Way.

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