John E. Carlson Coliseum
Fargo, North Dakota
The John E. Carlson Coliseum will undergo the most significant renovation and addition it has seen in its 50 year lifespan. Originally built in 1967, the facility was a dedicated hockey arena with capacity for 4,200 fans. In 2015, the Fargo Park District, along with JLG Architects, began planning for the next 50 years for this facility.
A complete renovation will upgrade all of the existing public spaces, locker rooms, and lobby. The original 185’ long rink and ice generation equipment will be replaced. A new 200’ long rink and more efficient ice generation system will be installed.
The seating capacity will be reduced to 500 fans for a more concentrated spectator experience. Additional tournament and team locker rooms will be created in the former spectator areas. A new addition will be added to provide a connection concourse outside of the original building footprint as the enlarged rink will be nearly as long as the existing building. A low-e reflective film will be added to the ceiling to improve the ice system performance, ice quality, and lighting in the building. Finish, lighting, accessibility, and safety upgrades will round out the project.