NCAA’s Frozen Four turnout at KeyBank Center didn’t exactly mirror past event

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The NCAA’s Frozen Four wrapped up over the weekend and the turn out didn’t exactly mirror past event here in Buffalo. 

Officials at the NCAA reported a turn out of 13,624 spectators for Saturday’s game. According to the KeyBank Center’s website, the facility can hold 19,070 for hockey games and 19,200 for basketball games.

Steve Metcalf the Ice Hockey Committee Chair at the NCAA says several things contributed to the small turnout.

“I think it’s almost certainly a combination of factors,” he said. “We have not debriefed, yet from the Frozen Four, it’s too soon, everyone just basically got home from Buffalo. But I suspect some of the things we’ll be looking at are, ticket prices, some of the marketing things that were done.

Cassius College was one of the organizations that took part in pricing the tickets.  A representative from the college says the tickets were $300 for all three games, in the 100 and 200 section.  Single game tickets were also sold at around $210.

The last time the Frozen Four was in Buffalo was in 2003 at the HSBC arena. It gained a spot in the NCAA’s top 15 largest crowds,  with an attendance of more than 18,659.

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