Locker room renovations coming

Multiple sources have confirmed that Ralph Engelstad Arena will do a major renovation of UND’s locker room, classroom, lounge and coaches’ offices during the upcoming offseason.

The project, which is being planned out right now, is expected to last most of the summer.

Ralph Engelstad Arena, which opened 12 years ago, has done an excellent job in making sure that the building remains the top hockey venue in the country during an era where sporting venues are often considered outdated after 20 or 25 years.

The managers there are making sure that Ralph Engelstad’s once-in-a-lifetime gift of $104 million won’t soon disappear as an outdated arena.

Past projects include the scoreboard and graphics, improved ice-cooling coils underneath the surface, a facelift to the women’s hockey locker room and The Hockey Academy. Officials also have had discussions about how to improve cell phone coverage in the facility, which should please many of you who have e-mailed me about that issue.

Once the season ends and the plans are finalized with the locker room renovation, I’ll have more on this.

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It sounds like UND will head back to the Alaska Goal Rush tournament in Fairbanks to start the 2015-16 season. UND would play Alaska Anchorage one night and Fairbanks the next.

It’s no secret that UND has coveted the exempt games (not counted against the limit of 34 regular-season games). The only ways to get those right now are playing in Alaska, playing in the Ice Breaker or playing in a Hall of Fame Game.

I’m sure the Anchorage seafood restaurants are lobbying the Seawolves to get UND back to its early-season tournament, too, knowing the kind of business that I will give them.

12 thoughts on “Locker room renovations coming

  1. Please tell us that the unique and “historically significant” items that bring character to our building will be preserved.

  2. Does the school ever set up any trips for fans to head up to Alaska for these tournaments? Would be an awesome thing to go see/do.

  3. It is nice to hear of projects going on keeping the Ralph the best venue to watch a hockey game and give the players the most up to date experience. I am amazed every time I’m in the building how well kept up and clean it is kept. Kudos to all the Ralph employees.

  4. Hey Brad,

    Alaskan Gold Rush, GLI, Beanpot and now the North Star College Cup…….. Where is our tourney? UND hockey and the REA need to have a college invitational tourney every year. We have the best hockey facility in the nation. I know we have had the Icebreaker, but that jumps around. Minnesota had that this year, plus the outdoor game last week and now the NSCC.

    The subway holiday classic doesn’t count either, because that is usually just a two game series.

    Just my two cents

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