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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 16, 2002
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
Ice Hockey Finals Move
To Compuware Sports Arena
EAST LANSING, Mich. - May 14 - Compuware Sports Arena in
Plymouth has been selected as the site for the Michigan High
School Athletic Association's Ice Hockey Semifinals and Finals
for a three-year period beginning in 2003. The decision to finalize
plans with the venue was made by the Association's Representative
Council during its annual Spring meeting, May 5-7, in Gaylord.
Opened in 1996, the Compuware Sports Arena seats 3,500 spectators
for ice hockey and is located convenient to freeway access in
Detroit's western suburbs, just West of I-275 off M-14 on Beck
Road. The 170,000 square foot facility is the home to the Plymouth
Whalers and Compuware Ambassadors junior hockey teams, and the
professional indoor soccer team the Detroit Rockers. The arena
also hosts ice shows, concerts and numerous other events.
It would be the first time the Ice Hockey Finals will take place
in Southeastern Michigan since Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor hosted
the Tier I finals in 1977. For 26 of the 28 years the MHSAA
has sponsored a post-season Ice Hockey Tournament, the Finals
have been conducted, at least in part, at the Flint IMA Sports
Arena. The IMA has hosted all divisions of semifinal and final
play since 1989. Yost hosted the first MHSAA Semifinals and
Finals in 1975; and Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing was the Finals
site in 1976. The Student Ice Arena in Houghton hosted one class
of play along with the IMA in 1978 and 1988; and one class of
play along with Yost in 1977.
"We look forward to having the MHSAA Ice Hockey Finals played
at Compuware Sports Arena," said John E. "Jack"
Roberts, MHSAA Executive Director. "Our schools and fans
should have a great experience there.
"We are also very thankful for the role that the IMA Sports
Arena in Flint has played for so many years as a host of the
Finals, and we look forward to its continued involvement as a
pre-Finals venue. The ice hockey community there, with great
administrative leadership from people like Dave Durkin, has always
made us feel secure that the operation of our tournaments was
in good hands."
The MHSAA sought hosting proposals after plans to construct
a new IMA Sports Arena and renovate the current arena in Flint
were placed on hold indefinitely, and the future of the building's
management became uncertain. In addition to Compuware and the
IMA, Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo was a site considered by the
Council as a potential Finals host. The 2003 finals will take
place March 6-8.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which
attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
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