MANCHESTER, N.H. – Last September, the SNHU name took over the civic arena in Manchester. Now, the Southern New Hampshire University women's and men's basketball, and men's ice hockey teams take over the SNHU Arena for three games against crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College this coming February.
"I would like to thank [SNHU Arena Senior General Manager] Tim Bechert and his entire staff for this great opportunity," said Director of Athletics Anthony Fallacaro. "With 2,000 fans filling the Fieldhouse for last season's Northeast-10 men's basketball title game, and countless others needing to be turned away at the door, it is evident the Manchester community cares about this rivalry. We are excited to add another chapter to the SNHU-Saint Anselm story across three different sports, while enhancing the student-athlete experience by giving them exposure to a professional atmosphere in a terrific facility, such as the SNHU Arena."
The Penmen basketball teams will go first, meeting their storied rival on Valentine's Day for a hoops doubleheader at the arena that will air live on FOX College Sports. The women play at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with the men following in a rematch of last season's Northeast-10 Championship title game at 8 p.m. Men's ice hockey will then take on Saint Anselm in the final of three games between the two clubs during the 2017-18 season Saturday, Feb. 17 (3 p.m.).
Tickets will go on sale Friday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Tickets for the basketball doubleheader will be $10 for adults and $5 for non-SNHU students (1 per ID), seniors (60+), youth (18 & under) and SNHU faculty/staff. Hockey tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-SNHU students, seniors, youth and SNHU faculty/staff. Ticket promotions for SNHU students will be announced at a later date.
The Queen City clash in basketball marks the first game at the SNHU Arena for the Penmen men's basketball team since it defeated Saint Anselm in the New Hampshire Hoops Classic, 84-55, on Dec. 14, 2003. Men's ice hockey will be making its seventh appearance at the SNHU Arena, including the fourth straight season, while women's basketball will play in the facility for the first time ever.
Opened in 2001, the SNHU Arena has a seating capacity of more than 10,000 and is home to the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Manchester Monarchs – an affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Los Angeles Kings – as well as hundreds of concerts and events each year.
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