Countdown Now On For Friendship Four Tournament

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Arder Carson popped in to the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre this week to see the preparations underway to welcome the Friendship Four NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament to the city later this month.

Met by Visit Belfast Chief Executive Gerry Lennon; Shane Johnston, Project Manager of the Friendship Four games and Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations at the Stena Line Belfast Giants, the Lord Mayor viewed one of the front windows dressed to promote the event.

The Friendship Four NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament will take place at the SSE Arena over Thanksgiving weekend on 27 and 28 November. Teams from the University of Massachusetts (UMass Lowell), Northeastern, Brown and Colgate will compete against one another for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

Supported by Belfast City Council, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Friendship Four tournament is a landmark event for the city as it will be the first time the games are played outside the US and is expected to draw in large numbers of spectators from across Northern Ireland, the Republic, Britain and the US.

Schoolchildren from Belfast have been invited to watch the first match of the tournament on Friday 27 November. The Saturday games are open to the public and you can visit the SSE Arena website to purchase tickets or call the box office directly on 028 9073 9074. The Stena Line Belfast Giants will also be playing an Elite League Game on Sunday to coincide with the Friendship Four tournament.

The event also aims to strengthen the links between Northern Ireland’s further and third level education sectors with the US and promote STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) in Sport to a wide audience. W5 will be hosting a programme of STEM events for students during the month of November.

For more information on the tournament and the STEM events, visit the Friendship Four website at

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