CHICAGO — The Frozen Four college men's hockey tournament will be held at United Center in 2017, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The organization, which oversees the highest level of collegiate sports, also announced the 2018 NCAA Division I men's gymnastics finals will be held at UIC Pavilion.
"It's going to be a fun four plus years here," said Charley Nelson, UIC's men's gymnastics coach. "Really nothing like this has ever happened on the campus."
While the hockey tournament will feature the national semifinals and championship game, the gymnastics tournament will feature three days of competition that will include teams from 12 different schools.
"Hosting these national events is a great opportunity to showcase Chicago as a first-class sports and tourism destination and we look forward to welcoming NCAA student-athletes, coaches, families and fans to the country's greatest and most spirited sports city," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
Chicago's Frozen Four is scheduled for April 6-8 in 2017. The gymnastics finals will be held April 19-21 of 2018.
In October, the organization announced the Chicago area could host championship Division I events through 2018 in the following events: men's ice hockey, women's volleyball, women's lacrosse, and men's and women's gymnastics.
In all, 523 championship event sites were announced Wednesday.