Demolition of Old Ralph Engelstad Arena Begins - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Demolition of Old Ralph Engelstad Arena Begins

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The old Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota campus is coming down.

The building that opened its doors in 1972 was the site of 593 UND hockey games. It was replaced in 2001 by the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, a $100 million facility that is now the home for both men's and women's hockey.

The old Ralph, as it was dubbed following the construction of the new arena, is being torn down to make room for a new indoor athletics complex. 

Ralph Engelstad, a Las Vegas casino owner and property developer and former UND hockey goaltender, gave UND its single-largest donation for the construction of the new arena. He died in November 2002.

Demolition of the old Ralph started at 10 a.m. Monday, July 29.

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