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Getting Psyched for the Frozen Four?

What you need to know about what’s happening: here and in DC


After last-second heroics against UNH propelled BU into this year’s Frozen Four, the Terriers will lace up their skates against the UVM Catamounts in their first NCAA tournament semifinal appearance in 12 years.

You know this is the game to watch. But you may not know where to go, how BU is celebrating, and if you’re headed to DC, what your chances are of getting tickets.

First things first
The semifinal games, which will be shown on ESPN 2, are being played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 9. Miami (Ohio) plays against Bemidji State at 5 p.m. BU faces off against UVM at 8:30 p.m.

If (when!) BU beats UVM, the Terriers will play in the championship game on Saturday, April 11, against the Miami–Bemidji State winner. Start time is 7 p.m., with coverage on ESPN.

Audio broadcasts of the game will be available on GoTerriers.com.

Part of the Frozen Four festivities is the Frozen Four Skills Challenge on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Tickets are $10. The competition includes the top seniors from across all divisions in both men’s and women’s ice hockey. BU women’s ice hockey team member Allyse Wilcox (SHA’09) will compete. The competitions include fastest skater, a puck control relay, and penalty shot.

If you’re staying in Boston
On Thursday night, there will be an on-campus viewing party at Agganis Arena starting at 8 p.m. Large screens (and we mean large, bigger than a JumboTron we’re told) will be brought in. There will be free food and drinks, air and street hockey, music from the BU Band, giveaways, and raffles. The arena’s Burke Club Room will be open, with a cash bar for those 21-plus with valid ID. The evening’s event is open to BU students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

If you’re headed to DC
Sadly, tickets to the games are sold out. If you don’t have one in hand already, and weren’t one of the lucky fans who won a chance to buy tickets in BU’s lottery, there is StubHub and other Web sites, but they’re so expensive (starting at $115 and going up to $950 each) that too often we get the feeling they’re nothing more than institutionalized scalping — and that’s illegal.

Let’s say you have a ticket, but the budget’s tight. To get down to DC, consider taking the Bolt Bus to New York City for $20, and then a connecting bus to DC for $25. Hopefully, you know someone in the DC area you can bunk with.

For the NCAA’s guide to this year’s Frozen Four, click here.

For alums
The BU Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., and Terrier Athletics will host a Frozen Four Pre-Game Game Watch Party on Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, the official BU meeting place during the Frozen Four. Admission is free, cash bar. However, because of the overwhelming response, the tavern is atcapacity. You can still join the party, across the street at the BurkeTheatre at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.Please note that food and drink at the Burke Theatre is cash only. To RSVP, click here.

Regional watch parties will be held in New York City, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, and LA (with more cities still checking in). For more information, click here.

On Friday, April 10, Kenneth Elmore, BU dean of students, will hold a young alumni get-together at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern at 6:30 p.m.

If BU advances to the finals, another pregame and game bash will be held at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Admission is free (cash bar). If the tavern reaches capacity, the party will continue at the Burke Theatre.

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.


One Comment on Getting Psyched for the Frozen Four?

  • Wilford Brimley on 04.06.2009 at 3:56 pm

    Grier, Lachance, Nobel, Drury, Pandolfo, Bates, et al should be special guest honorees at the game Thursday night.

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