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Frozen Four tickets available on resale market: Disappointed hockey fans unloading their tickets

DULUTH — There was hope across the state of Minnesota this winter by many college hockey fans that their teams would end up in the men's NCAA Frozen Four, being held in their home state.

University of Minnesota fans thought their team was poised to make it to the event that's coming up next week at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. So did fans in Mankato, St. Cloud and just across the border at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Fans of those teams apparently bought lots of tickets to the Frozen Four when they went on sale back in 2017. Alas, none of their teams made it. And now some of those fans are trying to sell those tickets. A scan of Craigslist ads across the state finds several Frozen Four tickets for sale with owners in the 612, 651, 320, 507 and 701 area codes.

That's good news for University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog hockey fans, because their team is the only one from the region that's still in the tournament, and there are plenty of tickets to be had — in some cases at or below the face value of $185 upper level and $300 for lower bowl for access to both Thursday semifinal games and to Saturday's championship.

Ticket prices at online classified ad sites Friday, March 30, ranged from as high as $1,000 for a suite ticket and $575 for a single club level seat to "make an offer" for a pair of upper-level seats. Most tickets range from $150 to $350 for the three-game package.

The NCAA officially says the event is sold out, but its website will send you to Primesport.com or Ticketmaster.com, where seats were available Friday from $146 to $644 each for all three games — but you also have to pay a service fee of at least $30 per ticket and in some cases more. (Those include some tickets released Friday by the NCAA, apparently turned back by two of the participating schools.)

Secondary ticket sales websites such as Mark's and BigStub had three-game ticket packages ranging from $166 to $644 each, but with service fees as much as $78 per ticket added on at checkout.

UMD season ticket holders had the option of applying for a limited number of seats through the UMD sports ticket office at $300 each for lower bowl and $185 each for upper level, but that offer has ended. UMD students were offered a chance at deeply discounted Frozen Four passes at $130 each.

UMD plays Ohio State at 5 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, followed by Notre Dame against Michigan at 8:30 p.m. The winners play for the national championship Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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