Ralph Engelstadt Arena
The Ralph Engelstadt Arena is a fairly new facility that
officially opened on October 5, 2001. The creation of the arena
cost more than $104 million. Since opening its doors, the
arena has played host to many big named entertainers and
entertainment such as Tim McGraw, Dennis Miller, Stars on Ice
and the Minnesota Wild.
But perhaps the arena's biggest attraction and the reason for
its creation is the
Fighting Sioux Hockey. In its initial season
in the new arena, the attendance of the
Fighting Sioux Hockey
reached an all time high.
Every ticket in the 11,500+ seating
capacity for the arena was sold out in just 43 minutes after the
single game tickets went
The building was designed in keeping with the strong traditions
of the University
of Dakota and its Sioux Fighting Hockey kept
in mind. UND's tradition is highlighted in the lobby entrance
which houses the National Championship trophies as well as
of former greats.
Often said to be one
of the the finest facility of the its kind in the world, "The
of 48 luxury suites, 2 huge club rooms featuring
the longest freestanding the bars in the state.
There's also the 10,000 square feet training room
which has a weight room, an underwater treadmill, fourteen
locker rooms, and an extra olympic sheet of ice.
Ralph Engelstadt Arena Quick Facts:
Hockey seating capacity: 11,640
Basketball seating capacity: 12,119
Concert seating: 13,154
Luxury Suites: 50 (48 full, 2 mini)
Club Seats: 264
300 Television Sets
4,000 tons of Steel
3.2 Miles of Brass Accents on the floor
1.1 Million Bricks
$110+ Million Dollar Facility with the Betty Engelstad Sioux