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PPG Paints Arena To Host NCAA Championships In Three Sports

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The NCAA announced today that PPG Paints Arena will host national championships in three sports - men's hockey, wrestling and women's volleyball - between 2019 and 2021.

PPG Paints Arena also will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2022.

The wrestling and women's volleyball championships are scheduled for 2019 and men's hockey - also known as the "Frozen Four" - will be played here in 2021.

"All of us at PPG Paints Arena are honored and excited to have the opportunity to host these four major NCAA events, including three national championships," said Gary Desjardins, general manager of AEG, which operates the arena. "This is the result of a fantastic joint effort by AEG, VistiPittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the City and the County. And we could not have done it without the tremendous support of Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, which will host the various events."

It will mark the second time that the arena has hosted the Frozen Four and the first time each for wrestling and women's volleyball.

Dates for the national championship events are:

NCAA wrestling - March 21-23, 2019 (host school: University of Pittsburgh)

NCAA women's volleyball - December 19-21, 2019 (host school: Duquesne University)

NCAA men's hockey - April 8-10, 2021 (host school: Robert Morris University)

The first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament will return to the arena for the fourth time on March 18-20, 2022 (host school: Duquesne University). The early rounds of the men's tournament were held here in 2012 and 2015 and will be here again in 2018.

"One of our promises when we opened the new arena in 2010 was that it would give us the opportunity to bring major NCAA events to our great city," said Travis Williams, Chief Operating Officer of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Thanks to the work of AEG, VisitPittsburgh, local government officials and local universities, that goal is again being achieved. We are delighted to host the NCAA wrestling and women's volleyball championships for the first time and look forward to again hosting the Frozen Four and the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. These events will bring thousands of out-of-town visitors to Pittsburgh and allow us to showcase all that the city and region have to offer."

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