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College hockey's top conference tournament returns to Ridder Arena on March 9 and 10
2019 WCHA Final Faceoff Ticket Packages On Sale Now
College hockey's top conference tournament returns to Ridder Arena on March 9 and 10

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Dec. 12, 2018 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the University of Minnesota announced today that all-session ticket packages for the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff championship tournament, to be held March 9 and 10 at Ridder Arena, are now on sale.

The premier conference tournament in women's college hockey, the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff will crown the postseason champion of the league's 20th Anniversary Season. All-session ticket packages grant access to each of the tournament's three games and are priced at $20 (general admission bench for seniors/students and youth), $25 (general admission bench for adults) and $35 (reserved chairback). Held at Ridder Arena – the sport's most iconic venue – the two-day, 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff tournament consists of two semifinal games Saturday, March 9 (at 2:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m. CT, respectively) and the Sunday, March 10 championship game (at 2:07 p.m. CT).

"The WCHA Final Faceoff represents everything our league stands for: World-class competition in an entertaining, fan-friendly environment, a showcase of our sport and, above all, a celebration of our student-athletes and programs," said WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million. "As we celebrate 20 years of excellence, we are thrilled to once again bring our championship tournament to Ridder Arena, site of so many memorable moments, and to the Twin Cities, a community that has long been an ardent supporter of women's hockey at all levels. We look forward to partnering with the University of Minnesota to shine a weekend-long spotlight on the WCHA's past, present and future."

Event: 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff
Date: March 9-10, 2019 (times subject to change)
  • Semifinal Game 1: Saturday, March 9 at 2:07 p.m. CT
  • Semifinal Game 2: Saturday, March 9 at 5:07 p.m. CT
  • Championship Game: Sunday, March 10 at 2:07 p.m. CT
3-Game Packages: $35 – Reserved Chairback seating
$25 – General Admission (Adult)
$20 – General Admission (Seniors/Students/Youth/Groups of 10+)
Details: Ticket packages for the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff are available for purchase directly through the Gopher Sales & Service Department; in-person at 3M Arena at Mariucci (during regular office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday) or during all Gopher Women's Hockey games, via phone at 612-624-8080 (Option 1) or online here. Certain fees may apply.

Annually pitting college hockey's top women's programs and players, the three winning teams from the league's best-of-three, quarterfinal-round playoff series (March 1-3) will join the 2018-19 WCHA regular season champion (guaranteed Final Faceoff bid) to compete for the league's playoff championship and its automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

In conjunction with the Final Faceoff, the WCHA will also host its fifth annual alumni game and youth clinic. More details on those events will be available in the coming months.

The league's showcase event and the best weekend of the year for women's college hockey fans, the three-day 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff will mark the culmination of the league's 20th Anniversary celebration. The WCHA thanks 2019 Final Faceoff supporting partners Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Minneapolis, GoodWood Hockey, Howies Hockey Tape, RBC Wealth Management, The Tearse-Wright Group of RBC Wealth Management, Sports Minneapolis and Wicked Rags.


About Ridder Arena

The first-ever facility built specifically for women's hockey in the country, Ridder Arena is home to the seven-time national champion University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Women's Hockey Program. Since its opening in 2002, Ridder Arena has been a regular host of WCHA Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018), NCAA Regionals and Frozen Fours (2010, 2013 and 2015).