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Ralph Englestad Arena

1 Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Grand Forks
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Michigan
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179 reviews 179 reviews
35 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

With an egotistic and enthusiastic fan base to go with it. Keep in mind alcohol is served at this facility and fans are very passionate. UND will always be the Fighting Sioux, no matter how much the PC police try and crack down on the name.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is the premier college hockey arena in the country and did not disappoint! Our friends were as enthralled with the beauty of the entire facility as the story behind its construction. All out-of-towners should visit!

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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful stadium. One of the finest in the nation. Marble floors, comfy seats, the whole nine yards. It just kind of takes away from the experience once you learn that the place was built by a raging anti semite and the reason why the place is so nice is Ralph raised the cost of the stadium from $50 million to... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This place is super! Son is student at UND and we visited and wanted to see a hockey game. This arena is beautiful! Very clean also. We had a super time! If we lived here, we would go all the time!

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Topeka, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My son attended a weeklong hockey camp at REA and I don't know who enjoyed it more, him or us. We took the tour of this beautiful arena and were amazed by the attention to detail and the short history of this arena. Worth the time to visit!

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Gresham, OR
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

College athletes have to be wooed to a particular University, so there is a LOT of money spent on facilities to attract these teens. The Ralph is an elegant palace built for the team that Mr. Englestad played for many years ago. He made a fortune in real estate and donated about $100 million to build this lovely place. The... More

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Southern California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was visiting the UND campus where I graduated from some years ago, spending some time in the new Gorecki Alumni Center when I asked about getting a tour of the "Ralph." I wasn't able to do the organized 1:30 PM tour but I got a private tour at 2:30. This place is magnificent, seating for over 11,000 on leather... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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238 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Missed the 1:30 PM tour, but was most impressed with what we saw -- leather seats! Supposed to be the world's largest?? Took 2 years to build @ $104 million. Ralph Engelstad was a Las Vegas businessman who got the ball rolling on this facility. First class all the way.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Went there for a hockey game and was very impressed. All seats in the arena are leather. It's got lots of food places, easy access, great parking. I'd go again.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you enjoy watching hockey in a first class rink, you will love this destination site. Beautiful facility, accommodating staff, great food, and part of the University of North Dakota. None better in the United States!!

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