GRAND FORKS -- The Frozen Four is headed to Vegas, baby, and the University of North Dakota will be hosting it.
The NCAA announced four future Frozen Fours on Wednesday, Oct. 14, along with several future regional sites.
The 2026 Frozen Four will be in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, which serves as home to the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. The bid was sponsored by UND.
The other future Frozen Four sites include Tampa (2023), St. Paul (2024) and St. Louis (2025). Previously, the NCAA announced this year's Frozen Four will be in Pittsburgh and 2022 will be in Boston.
In addition to that, UND landed 2023 and 2025 NCAA regionals in Fargo's Scheels Arena. The Fighting Hawks previously were awarded this year's regional in Fargo, too.
UND has strong ties to Vegas.
The Engelstad family, the hockey program's biggest benefactors, live in Las Vegas. UND also played a 2018 regular-season hockey game there against rival Minnesota, selling out the 7,500-seat Orleans Arena. The Fighting Hawks won the game 3-1. UND also has looked into putting a future destination game in Vegas.
Future NCAA Frozen Fours
2024: St. Paul
2025: St. Louis
2026: Las Vegas
Future NCAA regionals
2021: Fargo, Loveland, Colo., Bridgeport, Conn., Manchester, N.H.
2022: Albany, N.Y., Allentown, Pa., Worcester, Mass., Loveland, Colo.
2023: Fargo, Allentown, Pa., Bridgeport, Conn., Manchester, N.H.
2024: Sioux Falls, S.D., Maryland Heights, Mo., Providence, R.I., Springfield, Mass.
2025: Fargo, Allentown, Pa., Manchester, N.H., Toledo, Ohio.
2026: Sioux Falls, Albany, N.Y., Loveland, Colo., Worcester, Mass.