The Frozen Four begins tonight at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh typically puts on a great show when it comes to hosting sporting events (MLB All-Star Game, NHL Winter Classic), so I expect this to be no different.
The arrival of the Frozen Four — coming just two years after Pittsburgh hosted 68,000 fans at Heinz Field for the NHL’s Winter Classic — transcends simple interest in the superstar wattage provided by the Penguins.
More than 13,000 out-of-town visitors are expected to cram Consol Energy Center while the Stanley Cup favorites spend the weekend in Florida. Tournament organizers hope the newcomers see more than a national champion crowned. They hope they see a city embracing the sport at all levels.