NCAA DIII Ice Hockey Championships to be Hosted in Maine
6 Mar, 2014
The Maine Sports Commission has announced the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship will be hosted at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Bowdoin College and the Maine Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts of the event.
The 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship will be the first time the finals have been held in Maine.
The Colisee seats 3,677 for ice hockey, surpassing the NCAA's minimum of 3,000 for championship sites. The games, which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, will feature two semifinal games on Friday at 4pm and 7:30pm and the national championship game Saturday at 7pm.
There will be a separate admission for each day, with tickets costing $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and children under 18. Tickets can be purchased three ways: in person at the Colisee, 190 Birch Street in Lewiston (from 9am-5pm), over the phone at (207) 783-2009 x525, or online at ticketing.thecolisee.com or www.ncaa.com/tickets.
Information on the Maine Sports Commission is available at the website.
In response to the growing demand for information regarding sports events and sports-related meetings in the state of Maine, the Maine Sports Commission was created in February 2012.
The leadership for the Maine Sports Commission includes representatives of seven of the eight tourism regions; the Maine Office of Tourism; representatives from the Bangor and Portland Convention & Visitors Bureaus; and representatives from the sports, education and tourism industries. Executive Director Kerry C. Hoey heads marketing and operational efforts.
The seven tourism regions participating in the Commission are the Maine Beaches; the Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region; the Mid-Coast Region; Western Maine’s Lakes and Mountains; Aroostook County; the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys; and The Maine Highlands, which includes Bangor.
Each of the seven regions will contribute $10,000 per year to the Maine Sports Commission and the Maine Office of Tourism has agreed to match that with $70,000 per year in resources. Both the private and public sides have made a three-year commitment.
The commission is registered with the state as a 501(c)(6), a non-profit business organization.
Mission: The Maine Sports Commission aims to promote Maine as a four-season destination for sports events and sports-related meetings and to increase the economic impact of the state by attracting new events or by expanding existing sports-related events.
The Maine Sports Commission promotes Maine sports locally and nationally; works to attract professional, collegiate, amateur and youth sporting events to the State of Maine; and aims to retain and facilitate existing sporting activities and organizations in the state. Through these efforts, the Maine Sports Commission is helping the state realize the positive economic impact and social benefits of sports.
The Maine Sports Commission's primary goal is to strengthen efforts to attract national and regional sporting events, with hopes of increasing Maine's share of the $7 billion industry.
Maine Sports Commission Board: Maine Sports Commission members are representatives of seven of the eight tourism regions; Carolann Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism; representatives from the Bangor and Portland Convention & Visitors Bureaus; and representatives from the sports, education and tourism industries.