FRIENDSHIP Four is a unique ice hockey tournament that will see four Boston College teams fight it out at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
This is the first time games at NCAA College level have been played outside the USA.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Arder Carson got the game started by dropping the puck on to the ice.
Arder Carson, Lord Mayor of Belfast said: “There has been a great build up over the last number of months, preparing the city for this competition. First time ever they are playing for points outside of America, so it’s a big deal for them to be here over Thanksgiving and a big deal for Belfast to be holding the Friendship Four competition”.
Belfast City Council provided free tickets to thousands of school children to watch and cheer on the Boston teams from the side of the arena.
The four colleges taking part are, Umass Lowell, Northeastern, Brown and Colgate universities compete against each other to win the sought after Belpot Trophy.
The competition kicks off tonight and run until Saturday, the first match is between Brown ‘Bears’ and Colgate ‘Raiders’.
The event was organised by Belfast’s Sister City relationship with Boston and is only one of the many transatlantic initiatives linking the two.