REA To Host Viewing Party

UND will be hosting a viewing party for the West Regional this weekend. Here’s the full release from The Ralph:

Ralph Engelstad Arena will host a free viewing party for the NCAA men’s hockey West Regional game against Niagara at 4:30 p.m. Friday. This family-friendly atmosphere will feature the game on the center hung video boards and provide guests an opportunity to cheer on UND along with thousands of other North Dakota hockey fans.

The viewing party is free and all ages are welcome.

This will be the first time the new higher definition center hung video displays which were installed in 2011 will be used for viewing party. The new displays will provide guests with a greatly enhanced high-quality viewing experience that is more than twice the resolution than the boards which Ralph Engelstad Arena has used for previous viewing parties.

To support the UND men’s “no shaving during playoffs” campaign, Ralph Engelstad Arena will be hosting a best and worst “playoff beard” contest. Post your photos at or on twitter @TheREA for a chance to win Sioux Shop gift cards. Winners will be selected during the game on Friday and need to be present to win.

Event details:

-Free admission
-Free parking
-Doors open at 4 PM, broadcast to begin at 4:30 PM
-$3 Dippin’ Dots
-$3 Draft beer
-$3 Hot dogs
-Special 2013 men’s hockey playoff t-shirts available in the Sioux Shop

Guests are asked to park on the north side of the venue and use the main and southwest doors.

***If UND wins Friday, Ralph Engelstad Arena will also host a viewing party for the Midwest Regional Championship game on Saturday at 3 PM.

18 Responses

  1. Wes in Denver

    I can’t wait to hear the attendance turn out for the viewing party vs. other regionals total turnouts.

  2. Timothy Oshie

    I can’t believe there isn’t any closer location to Minnesota or North Dakota for these 2013 NCAA Men’s Hockey Regional Championships .. they obviously don’t rely on revenue for these (4) Regional events .. I can bet the Ralph Engelstad Arena will have 4,000-5,000 people due to the fact that cold beer is being served .. should be a great event .. Let’s Go Fighting Sioux !!!!

  3. Kroger

    I have MidCo’s basic package, and do not get ESPNU, but will the game be available online at I don’t want to get stuck going to REA or BWW and sitting alone like I’m Steven Glansberg..

  4. Go Sioux

    If you have Midco you can upgrade for the weekend and get ESPNU. Then you can cancel it on Monday. You only have to pay for 2-3 days of additional services.

  5. Scotty

    Kroger, as far as I can tell the game will be available on ESPN3. They aren’t listing any blackouts, so I believe it will be viewable even if ESPNU isn’t a part of your cable lineup. I’d double check closer to game time as it has been known to change.

    1. Wayne

      I already notice one change. The West Region Championship on Saturday used to show being on both ESPN U and ESPN 3 but now ESPN 3 is blacked out.

    2. Kroger

      Thanks, I’ll definitely keep an eye out.

      Wayne, I noticed that, too. Guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

  6. SiouxDatNation

    This seems like a bad move for the Ralph. With the NCAAs realigning the regionals, I expect many to make the 14 hour drive to Grand Rapids. (Sarcastic post)

    Let’s go Sioux!

  7. Sioux in the Cities

    I wonder if the special shirts are the ones from the Final Five that had the outline of the USA with something like “Every game is a home game.” Awesome. Bummed I wasn’t able to get one day one…..because there was no day two.

    1. KG

      I believe those are only a GW Gear shirt, which is located in the Scheels Mall on Columbia. Maybe they have them, but I think that is just GW Gear’s since they produce them.

  8. FgoSiouxFan

    Are the -Special 2013 men’s hockey playoff t-shirts going to be available in the Sioux Shop via online for purchase????

    1. fan

      They are getting the shirts on Friday and said they would be in store and online as soon as they arrive.

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