Scheels Arena

Scheels Arena (formerly called The Urban Plains Center, or UPC) is a multi-purpose venue located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is part of the Sanford Health Athletic Park which comprises the arena, the Family Wellness Center (a partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA), and the Sanford POWER Athletic Center. There are plans to add four additional ice sheets.

Scheels Arena
Former namesUrban Plains Center (20082010)
Location5225 South 31st Avenue
Fargo, ND 58104
OwnerMetro Sports Foundation
OperatorMetro Sports Foundation
Capacity6,000 (Basketball)
5,000 (Ice Hockey)
Broke groundJune 27, 2007
OpenedOctober 30, 2008[1]
Construction cost$25 million
($29.1 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectICON Architectural Group
Project managerGehrtz Construction Services[3]
Structural engineerSandman & Associates Consulting, PC[4]
General contractorOlaf Anderson & Son Construction, Inc.[5]
Fargo Force (USHL) (2008–present)
North Dakota State Bison men's basketball (NCAA) (2014–2016)


The Urban Plains Center was constructed and opened in 2008. It was renamed in 2010 after Scheels All Sports purchased the naming rights. The arena seats up to 6,000 for concerts, over 5,000 for ice hockey, and it holds 40 suites and 300 club seats. It features an NHL-sized ice sheet. The main tenant of the arena is the Fargo Force, who play in the United States Hockey League.


Other arena events have included Fargo-Moorhead high school hockey, the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2011 US Curling Nationals for both men and women, the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament West Regional, rodeos, and concerts.

The North Dakota State Bison men's basketball team played their home games at Scheels Arena for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons while their previous arena, the Bison Sports Arena, was being remodeled.[6]


  1. "Report: Officials' Private e-mails Hid Hockey Talk". Bismarck Tribune. October 19, 2008.
  2. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. "Urban Plains Center - Fargo, ND". Gehrtz Construction Services. Archived from the original on May 3, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  4. "Scheels Arena". Entertainment. Sandman & Associates Consulting, PC. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  5. "Olaf Update" (PDF). Athletic. Olaf Anderson & Son Construction. April 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  6. News; "Go Bison;" accessed March 2016

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