Frozen Four Title Game Among Top Events

National Championship Game Highlights

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's ice hockey fans who enjoyed their trip to Tampa (Fla.) for the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four now have an opportunity to help the event stake its claim as the top collegiate sporting event of the past year.

SportsTravel magazine has announced that the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game has been nominated for a 2012 SportsTravel Award in the collegiate sporting events category as the best single-event.  The national championship game between Ferris State and Boston College, which was played on April 7 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and televised nationally by ESPN2, drew a crowd of 18,818 fans, including many Bulldog supporters.

In addition to the national championship game, the other four events in the category include the 2011 NAIA Football National Championship game, the 2012 BCS National Championship game between Louisiana State and Alabama, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl and the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship game.

Events are nominated by the readers of SportsTravel , the sports world's event magazine. Criteria for nomination and voting include superior organization of and attendance at the event, a superior experience for the competitors and/or spectators at the event, and how the site or venue served to enhance the event. Final balloting is open through August 15, 2012. Winners will be announced at the TEAMS '12 Conference & Expo, October 1-4, 2012, in Detroit.

"Since the location of the event is a major part of the criteria for being nominated, the people of Tampa should take great pride in knowing that an event held in their city is being recognized for its excellence," said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine, which organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo.

"SportsTravel readers are the leaders of the sports-event industry and they really know what it takes to execute a high-quality athletic event," said Schneider. "The SportsTravel Awards program is an opportunity for them to honor their peers and the cities that host sporting events for a job well done."

Official ballots are available in the July and August issues of SportsTravel magazine. Readers may also find more information and vote online at http://www.SportsTravelMagazine.com. The ballot includes nominees in amateur, collegiate and professional categories. Awards in those three categories will be given for best single-sport event, best multi-sport or multi-discipline event, and best sports event series or circuit. Voters will also pick the best new sports event and an overall Sports Event of the Year from among the nominated events.

The TEAMS '12 Conference and Expo is the world's largest annual gathering for the sports-event and sports-related travel industry.

The Bulldogs' most impressive season in school history came to a close with a 26-12-5 overall record and included a first-ever trip to the Frozen Four and a national runner-up finish.  FSU's 26 wins were the second-most in school history and the season highlights also included the school's second-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Regular-Season Championship and a Midwest Regional crown.

To vote for the NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game, please visit this direct link:
http://vote.schneiderpublishing.com/ballot/

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