Ralph Engelstad Arena North Dakota

The Ralph Engelstad 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 on sale. 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 memorabilia’s
of former greats.

Often said to be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world, “The Ralph” boasts 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 Engelstad 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
  • 2,200 Logos
  • 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 Center