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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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Gresham, OR
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
141 helpful votes 141 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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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Grace our tour guide was an absolute hoot. The venue is amazing.....wish we could have seen the amazing player facilities but the rumor is that they used to take people through the workout, training and locker room areas but yahoos screwed around (I heard stole stuff) and now the tours don't go there. The tour is still worth it even... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Marble entryways, gorgeous wood accents, great lighting.....this is the most gorgeous sports arena I've ever seen! Worth a trip to Grand Forks just to see this.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is the best hockey arena in the country. Period. The only other one close is the Xcel Energy Center, but the Ralph is better. Marble floors throughout. Leather seats. Only thing is it was better when the letters "Home of the Fighting Sioux" were on the outside. They've since come down as UND was forced to change it's nickname.... More

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Grand Forks
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you have a chance to see an event here, do so. Beautiful facility!! Marble inlays, leather seating. TV's everywhere, never miss anything going on. Come just for the tour. Parties, weddings, etc. can be catered here as well.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I've been coming to this arena since it opened and every year they produce top teams in the country year after year. Always exciting and great time!

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