Friendship Four Teams Announced For 2018

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The Odyssey Trust, owners of the Stena Line Belfast Giants and The SSE Arena, are delighted to announce the NCAA Division One ice-hockey teams who will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the Friendship Four tournament on the American Thanksgiving Weekend in 2018.

Weekend passes, covering all four NCAA games, will go on sale soon and will be priced at: Adult – £50, Concession – £40, Kids – £30 & Family – £90 with discounted tickets available exclusively to 2018/19 Giants Season Ticket Holders.


The Belfast City Council’s Sister City agreement with Boston has played a vital role in helping to host this prestigious tournament since 2015 and also to see it’s return in 2018. The announcement was made from Boston’s historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team, during the ‘Frozen Fenway’ outdoor tournament.

ECAC’s Yale University and Union College will join Hockey East’s Boston University and University of Connecticut for the 2018 Friendship Four to be held on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry UMass Minutemen's Griff Jeszka celebrates scoring against Vermont Catamounts during Friday afternoons Friendship Four game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Four teams from the USA are competing in the NCAA mens ice-hockey tournament in the hope of winning the Belpot Trophy. Photo William Cherry/Presseye

The tournament will once again take place at The SSE Arena, home of the Giants, which has hosted the Friendship Four tournament since 2015.

The Friendship Four in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was a huge success as the Odyssey Trust opened the doors of W5 as well as The SSE Arena, Belfast for tens of thousands of young people to take part in the festival of ice-hockey and STEM events. The event is the only time that NCAA college ice-hockey is played outside of North America.


Eric Porter, Chairman of the Odyssey Trust:

“We want to make the Friendship Four in 2018 open to all and we expect that the city of Belfast will, yet again, open it’s arms to our US guests as well as be excited to see this standard of ice-hockey return to their home arena again.”