EDINA, Minn. – Feb. 15, 2016 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Van Andel Arena® announced today that single-session tickets for the 2016 WCHA Final Five, to be held March 18-19 at the Van Andel Arena, are on sale now.
Single-session tickets, priced at just $34.50 each for a lower-bowl seat, are available for either the Friday, March 18 semifinal session (both games for one ticket) or the Saturday, March 19 Broadmoor Trophy championship game. The format for the 2016 WCHA Final Five is: Friday, March 18 – Semifinal Game 1 at 4:07 p.m. ET, Semifinal Game 2 at 7:37 p.m. ET; and, Saturday, March 19 – Championship Game at 6:07 p.m. ET.
"We are excited to be less than a month away from once again hosting our jewel event – the WCHA Final Five – back in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena," said WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson. "Between three terrific games to determine our conference champion and other exciting events such as the WCHA Youth Clinic, we are looking forward to an affordable, family-friendly showcase of great college hockey."
Event: 2016 WCHA Final Five
Date: March 18-19, 2016
- Semifinal Game 1: Friday, March 18 at 4:07 p.m. ET
- Semifinal Game 2: Friday, March 18 at 7:37 p.m. ET
- Championship Game: Saturday, March 19 at 6:07 p.m. ET
Tickets: $69 per package; $34.50 for single-session tickets
Details: Ticket packages for the 2016 WCHA Final Five are available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525 (certain fees may apply). Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by phone (616-742-6185), email (GroupSales@smggr.com) or online at VanAndelArena.com/GroupSales.
The four winning teams from the WCHA's best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series advance to West Michigan to compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Located in the heart of Michigan's second-largest city, the Van Andel Arena was site of the 2014 WCHA Final Five.
In addition to the three tournament games, the WCHA will celebrate hockey at all levels with a free youth clinic, open to children ages 12 and under, on championship Saturday. Participants will have a chance to skate on the Van Andel Arena ice while joining the WCHA in growing the game!
About Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena® is the premier entertainment facility in West Michigan. Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect destination for entertainment, great food, local brews and friendly faces throughout the walkable downtown area.
Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, the 12,000-plus capacity, SMG-managed Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events. Throughout its nineteen years in existence, the community support has been fabulous. Since opening, it has had numerous sell-outs in everything ranging from concerts to family events and major sports, such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Eric Church, The Eagles, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith. The venue hosts over 150 events a year.
The arena is also home to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, who won the Calder Cup in 2013. The Griffins were honored by the league for Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award and Digital Media Award for the Western Conference. This marks the second consecutive year in which Grand Rapids has earned the Digital Media Award and the second season overall that it has secured the Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award (2008-09).
About Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will proudly mark its 64thseason of men's competition in 2015-16. The 10-team Division 1 conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.