There was some movement at the Florida meetings to change the NCAA tournament to the top eight seeds hosting in the first round and a best two-of-three series, but a segment of coaches are still opposed to that.
And although nothing is official yet, the vibe coming out of there is that nothing will be changing about the NCAA tournament in the immediate future.
So, in the meantime, UND is working along with Ralph Engelstad Arena to place a bid to host an NCAA regional tournament at Fargo’s Scheels Arena (NCAA is not currently allowing teams to play games at their regular home arena).
UND also is placing a bid to host the Women’s Frozen Four in a couple of years. That would be at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
If UND does get to host a men’s regional at Scheels Arena, you have to imagine it would sell out in an instant, no matter how expensive the tickets are. There are only 5,000 seats there and UND typically draws more than 12,000 for home games.
The 5,000-seat venue is smaller than the typical NCAA regional arena, but lately, about half of the regionals have not been drawing 5,000 people. So, it will be interesting to see what the NCAA does with the bid.