Ralph Engelstad Arena (old)

Ralph Engelstad Arena (The Ralph) was a 6,067-seat multi-purpose arena located on the University of North Dakota (UND) campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was home to the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team, and was the host of the 1983 Frozen Four tournament.[1] It was originally named the Winter Sports Center, but was renamed in 1988 to honor alumnus Ralph Engelstad. The arena closed in 2001 and was replaced with the new $104 million Ralph Engelstad Arena on the north end of campus.[1]

Ralph Engelstad Arena
"The Old Ralph"
Former names"Ralph Engelstad Arena"
"Winter Sports Center"
LocationGrand Forks, North Dakota
OwnerUniversity of North Dakota
Surface200' x 85' (hockey)[1]
Broke groundJuly 22, 1971
OpenedNovember 10, 1972
ClosedOctober 5, 2001
DemolishedSummer 2013
Construction costUS$1.9 million
($11.4 million in 2018 dollars[2])[1]
North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey (NCAA)

University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison announced that demolition of the old Ralph Engelstad Arena east of Memorial Stadium has been completed. Construction has begun on Phase I of the UND Athletics High Performance Center, an indoor practice and competition facility for UND Athletics.[3]


  1. "Ralph Engelstad Arena/Winter Sports Center". University of North Dakota. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  2. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. Work begins on demolition of old Engelstad Arena
Preceded by
Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Host of the
Frozen Four

Succeeded by
Olympic Center
Lake Placid, New York

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