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The $104 million Ralph Engelstad Arena has just about everything and was built with the fans in mind – from the cherry wood, leather-padded seats to the spectacular view of the game. The 400,000-square-foot arena hosts hockey, family shows, ice events, concerts and basketball. The main lobby area has ticket sales and a pro shop. The main rink has a 200'x 85' surface and the adjacent practice rink is Olympic-size, measuring 200'x100' with seating for 400-500.
The team weight room is one of the largest single-sport weight facilities in the world. The 10,000 square-foot world-class facility has 10 platforms with 10 power stations, 24 weight machines, 30 circuit machines and 30 aerobic pieces, along with 20,000 pounds of weights. Also included in the room is an 1,800-square-foot, spring-mounted pylo floor and eight TV monitors to take athletes step-by-step through their workout programs.
In 2004, the REA opened a $7 million, 50,000 square-foot expansion nicknamed "the Betty." It is home to the UND men's and women's basketball teams along with UND women's volleyball. The new facility includes four regulation-size basketball courts and five regulation-size practice volleyball courts that can easily be converted to a main game court. Additional spaces include: weight room, lounges, team rooms, locker rooms, taped editing room, training and equipment rooms and coaches offices.