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Scheels Arena expecting capacity crowd for Fargo Regional despite rumors of unused tickets

Canisius, Minnesota, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State are set to take the ice Thursday for the opening round of the NCAA tournament

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Scheels Arena is set to host the Fargo Regional on Thursday and Saturday.
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FARGO — An NCAA men's regional hockey tournament returns to Fargo this week and it's the hot ticket in town.

When the Fargo Regional featuring Canisius, Minnesota, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State commences Thursday at Scheels Arena, organizers expect a capacity crowd.

That news hasn't been pleasant to everyone this week. With Golden Griffins, Golden Gophers, Mavericks and Huskies fans seeking out tickets in hopes of watching their team advance to the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. in April, they've been greeted by an abrupt message on Ticketmaster: "Sold out."

The four participating teams were announced this past Sunday during the NCAA Selection Show, but tickets have been on sale to the general public for months.

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American International’s Joel Kocur skates away from the goal in celebration of his goal against St. Cloud State during their NCAA men's hockey regional semifinal game Friday, March 29, 2019 at Scheels Arena, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

"Tickets went on sale in early December," Scheels Arena general manager Jon Kram said. "The event didn't sell out until two weeks ago and we're thrilled."
The University of North Dakota is the host institution for this weekend's Fargo Regional, as it's been for the previous four regionals (2021, 2019, 2017, 2015) held in Fargo.

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"One of the things that makes this building and why UND likes to host is that we've consistently sold out all five regionals that we've hosted," Kram said.

Despite its hosting duties, the Fighting Hawks won't be one of the four participants in the Fargo Regional after they were bounced by SCSU in the NCHC semifinals last weekend and had no chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

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University of North Dakota's Austin Poganski collides with Boston University's Patrick Curry Friday, March 24, 2017, during the NCAA West Regional hockey tournament at Scheels Arena in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

It's likely that the UND fan base bought their tickets well in advance with the assumption their team would be in the tournament. This led to speculation on social media as to why tickets are few and far between this week.
One user alleged that UND issued tickets as "will call only" options and that many will go unclaimed at the box office this week.

"There's a blend of digital tickets that were sold and printed tickets," Kram said. "We can't comment on who has what ticket type, but if you have printed tickets, of course you'd have to meet up with that person and purchase them that way.

"We've tried to be accommodating where if we have any tickets in will call, we're trying to help any ticket buyer we can. But there's not a large will call amount."

Additional standing-room-only tickets and tickets for Saturday's championship game went on sale Tuesday afternoon but quickly sold out again.

Each participating school receives an allotment of tickets that may get returned this week and put on sale, as well.

"As we have other tickets that become available, we'll have additional on-sales," Kram said. "We anticipate one more potentially on either Thursday or Friday."

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Kram said to keep checking Ticketmaster , Scheels Arena social media, and to contact the Scheels Arena box office with any ticketing questions at 701-364-3672. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The NCAA Fargo Regional gets underway at 4 p.m. Thursday with Minnesota State facing St. Cloud State in the regional semifinals. Following that game Canisius squares off with top-seed Minnesota at 8 p.m.

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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