Rockin’ the Ralph & Betty too

​Everyone knows about all the exciting happenings that take place at the awesome Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

However, the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (BESC) right next door has got it goin’ on, as well!

Since its completion, the Betty has welcomed many great events and is best known as the host facility for the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference University of North Dakota Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Men’s Basketball teams. Prior to their Division I transition, it was even voted the best Division II women’s basketball facility in the nation.


Of course, the Ralph Engelstad Arena is home to eight-time Division I National Champion University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey. Some of the other things held there include concerts by a variety of award-winning musicians and nationally popular stand-up comedians, Disney productions and an array of professional sporting events.

Both facilities feature beautiful granite floor lobbies, large concessions and lounge areas and hall of fame sections for their respective sports. For a nominal fee, you may join one of the guided tours taking place every Monday through Friday, at 1:30 PM, beginning and ending in the Ralph’s Sioux Shop. This 90-minute trek tours guests through the entire $100+ million facility. You will also receive a complimentary program including photos, program history and highlighted past events. Afterward, be sure to peruse the pro shop and pick up some stylish UND Fighting Hawks apparel!

Listed below is just a sampling of the wonderful and wide-ranging events REA and BESC have on the books.

  • February 9-10: UND Hockey vs. Colorado College (REA)
  • February 10: UND Women’s Basketball vs. Idaho State (BESC)
  • February 15: UND Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Utah (BESC)
  • February 17: UND Men’s Basketball vs. Northern Arizona (BESC)
  • February 22-24: North Dakota State High School Hockey Tournament (REA)
  • February 28: UND Women’s Basketball vs. Sacramento State (BESC)
  • March 2-3: UND Hockey vs. St. Cloud State (REA)
  • March 9-11: NCHC Quarterfinals (REA)
  • March 17: The Breakers Tour: Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves & Midland (REA)
  • April 27-29: 2018 KEM Shrine Circus (REA)
  • July 10: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour (REA)
  • October 14: Keith Urban GRAFFITI U World Tour (REA)

For a complete list of events, along with ticket information, please go to