Daunting topic. I'd hope there would be a formula to make a Minneapolis-St. Paul site work.
Would like to see the championships alternate east-west. In some ways talk of having the final four in MSP is like the football board's discussion of putting the Stagg Bowl in Texas, but with creative promotion it could be pulled off. Minny is a nice destination with decent rink options and an easy, national air hub. (A little more game from the MIAC wouldn't hurt either.)
Bottom line, though, there are are going to be times when a host does everything right but things just don't click.
BTW, joecct ... if your are in Md. near DC, I was stunned to discover the new hockey store on the Rockville Pike. Excellent selection of gear for this part of the country.