The University of North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, which seats 11,643 and opened on October 5, 2001, is undergoing a major renovation for the 2019-2020 season.
Athletic Director Brian Faison said in a press release, “After extensive study, we have determined that our major competition for the consumer dollar is not other schools but Costco and Wal-Mart. Our goal is to make Ralph Englestad Arena a year-round lifestyle destination. ” Faison goes on to state that in Phase 1, the facility will be adding tire sales, a dentist office, roofing and siding services, a medical clinic, barber, pet grooming, showers and a laundry. “With 20-24 home games per year, this gives us 340 days of additional revenue generation”, said Faison.
Local fans are delighted with the idea of one-stop-shopping.
Phase 2 of the ‘lifestyle destination’ project will include diesel fuel with truck scales in the UND parking lot directly east of the UND Wellness Center. Faison said the study even considered a bikini car wash but “that would mean we would have to bring in girls from out of state”.