Bad timing for Jackson to be the messenger, but there are a lot of college hockey fans in this country who would have paid a reasonable price to watch these games live, yet very few of them live near Toledo, and thanks to WM and MI being out, not enough of them live near Grand Rapids either.
Somebody needs to explain why the NCAA hockey first round warrants pre-determined regionals. This is not a big money, must-see Stubhub event even in the best years when you have MN in St. Paul or MI in Detroit. Other than D-1 men's hoops, I believe the NCAA uses home hosts for many of their early round competitions. Why not home hosts for college hockey?
Maybe the NCAA needs to rethink all of its tournaments, as even their flagship men's hoops tourney has had attendance falloff. It seems they are randomly selecting sites and setting prices, without understanding the who, where and how much of their audience - essential information in professional sports management.