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Ralph Engelstad Arena Grand Forks, North Dakota

Ralph Engelstad Arena

Grand Forks, North Dakota


UND’s 12,000-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena was gifted by a single benefactor to create the world’s finest hockey stadium. The primary purpose: to keep the school’s Division 1 hockey program competitive for years to come.

The building is designed to compliment the existing campus architecture through its use of familiar materials and design vocabulary. The five-story arena’s main lobby area includes ticket sales and coaches’ offices, and is highlighted by a sky-lit pro shop and spacious “Sioux Tradition” area displaying memorabilia.

The ice level includes the largest collegiate state-of-the-art locker and training area, players lounge, and study/classroom. An additional olympic-size ice sheet is used for practice, youth, and tournament events.

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The Ralph is the Taj Mahal of hockey venues.
Sports Illustrated, December 2012