"one of the most beautiful buildings we have in North America." - Wayne Gretzky
Ralph Engelstad Arena (GFK) Grand Forks, North Dakota
The 11,700 seat Ralph Engelstad Arena was designed to compliment the University of North Dakota’s warm campus appeal through it’s familiar building attributes and brick exterior with precast accents. The extensive use of glass and curtain wall allow visitors a view of the activity inside. The richness of the interior is enhanced by the terrazzo floor concourses, padded seats and raised brass signage. 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. Generous main and upper concourses offer concessions at each of the four corners with two additional super food courts on the main level. Television monitors placed along the concourses and in restrooms allow fans to not miss any of the exciting action. The ice level has a state-of-the-art locker/training room with expansive weight training area, players’ lounge and study/classroom. Tying into these team spaces is an additional Olympic-size practice ice sheet. This project was completed by Schoen Associates prior to merging with JLG Architects.
The Ralph Engelstad Arena uses a state-of-the-art ice plant for efficiency.