Final FACE-OFF

THE NATION'S PREMIER WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT - THE 'WCHA QUARTERFINALS' AND 'WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF'

The WCHA Final Face-Off returns to Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on March 4-5, 2017!

Ticket packages are now on sale!!

Featuring a bevy of nationally-ranked teams, schools with championship aspirations and pedigree, current and future Olympians and professionals, and the nation's top arenas, nowhere in the women's hockey landscape is there a brighter collection of talent, storied programs and passionate fans on display than in the two weeks of the WCHA postseason.

The "WCHA Quarterfinals" is held each year on the final weekend of February and consists of four (4), best-of-three series hosted by the league's top four regular-season finishers. Those four winners then meet in the league's playoff championship - the "WCHA Final Face-Off."

The league's jewel event and the best weekend of the year for college hockey fans, the three-day "2017 WCHA Final Face-Off" is a celebration of the sport's past, present and future.


2017 WCHA Final Face-Off Ticket Packages On Sale Now
College hockey's top conference tournament returns to Ridder Arena March 4 and 5

EDINA, Minn. – Nov. 29, 2016 – The women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the University of Minnesota announced today that all-tournament ticket packages for the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off, to be held March 4 and 5 at Ridder Arena, are now on sale.

With the premier conference tournament in all of women's college hockey returning to the sport's most iconic venue, 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off all-tournament packages are priced at $20 (general admission bench for seniors/students and youth), $25 (general admission bench for adults) and $35 (reserved chairback). All-tournament packages include two tickets – one ticket for Saturday, March 4 that includes access to both semifinal games (at 2:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m. CT, respectively), and one ticket for the WCHA playoff championship game on Sunday, March 5 (at 2:07 p.m. CT).

"We are thrilled to once again host the WCHA's premier event – the 2017 Final Face-Off – in Minneapolis and at Ridder Arena," said WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million. "This is a terrific region and venue in which to celebrate the sport of women's hockey and the nation's best league. We are excited to showcase the WCHA's wonderful student-athletes, programs and institutions in a fun, family-friendly event. We also look forward to partnering with the University of Minnesota and greater Twin Cities community to deliver an outstanding fan experience throughout our championship week."

Event: 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off

Date:

March 4-5, 2017 (times subject to change)
  • Semifinal Game 1: Saturday, March 4 at 2:07 p.m. CT
  • Semifinal Game 2: Saturday, March 4 at 5:07 p.m. CT
  • Championship Game: Sunday, March 5 at 2:07 p.m. CT

3-Game Packages:

$35 – Reserved Chairback seating
$25 – General Admission (Adult)
$20 – General Admission (Seniors/Students/Youth)
$10 – General Admission (Groups of 10+)

Details: Ticket packages for the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off are available for purchase directly through the Gopher Sales & Service Department; in-person at Mariucci Arena (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 2) or online here. Certain fees may apply.

Annually pitting college hockey's top programs and players, the four winning teams from the WCHA's best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series (Feb. 24-26) will advance to Minneapolis to compete for the league's playoff championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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

The league's top event and the best weekend of the year for college hockey fans, the three-day 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off is a truly a celebration of the sport's past, present and future.


About the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off

The sport's premier collegiate conference tournament – the WCHA Final Face-Off – returns to the women's hockey hotbed of Minneapolis and Ridder Arena on March 4 and 5, 2017. Annually pitting four of the nation's top programs, the WCHA's final four teams will compete for the league's playoff championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Inspiring the Next Generation

The stars of the 2027 Final Face-Off may very well be on the ice at the 2017 tournament, as the WCHA hosts a free youth clinic during the championship weekend. Open to kids 12 years and under (boys and girls), youth will have a chance to learn from WCHA Women's League coaches and alumni – some of the best to ever lace up the skates. More information to come!

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Celebrating a Championship Past

The most storied conference in women's college hockey will welcome back its alumni for the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off. Alumni of all eight member institutions are welcome to participate in a friendly game Friday evening and a gathering later that evening.

About Ridder Arena

The nation's first-ever facility built specifically for women's hockey, Ridder Arena is home to the six-time national champion University of Minnesota 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 and 2013), NCAA Regionals and Frozen Fours (2010, 2013 and 2015).

About Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. No other American city has a chain of lakes, the mighty Mississippi, and 200 miles of walking, biking and cross country ski trails within the city limits literally steps from the most vibrant arts and music scene outside NYC, the best shopping in the region, and museums among the finest in the nation. From ski hills to shopping malls, muskie to Monet, biking to beef bourguignon, Minneapolis is the American city where natural and urban drama share a single stage.

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