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Tampa partners with Wisconsin in Frozen Four bid

TAMPA — The University of Wisconsin has put in three bids to host the NCAA men's hockey championship but nowhere near the school's Madison, Wis., campus.

Instead, the Badgers list their host arena for the 2016, 2017 or 2018 Frozen Four as the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, acknowledged Saturday that the collaboration of northern school and southern city might seem a bit incongruous. But he sees it as "a marriage made in heaven."

The school and commission have good, long-standing relations, Higgins said.

In football, the Badgers have been to four Outback Bowls at Raymond James Stadium, and Wisconsin's then-deputy athletic director, Sean Frazier, chaired the 2012 Frozen Four at the Times Forum hosted by Alabama-Hunstville.

"We both put such an emphasis on the student-athlete and fan experience, there's nothing unusual about it," Higgins said of the partnership.

Tampa partners with Wisconsin in Frozen Four bid 09/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:08pm]
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