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MissSioux85
01-22-2011, 04:11 PM
The reporter from the Omaha World Herald is quite complimentary of The Ralph

The new Engelstad Arena is an amazing barn, to say the least. It had been eight years since I saw a game in Grand Forks, and it hasn't lost it's mind-blowing impressiveness. I can't imagine a UND fan ever going to another hockey arena and having a reaction other than "meh." I wonder, too, how many UND players who go on to the NHL realize they had the nicer home digs in college.


Also, in Omaha arena news...

Per UND hockey beat writer Brad Schlossman:

Word is that several administrators from Omaha will be in Grand Forks for the series, checking things out. Since Omaha is looking to soon build its own rink, they might get some ideas from REA. I believe that athletic director Trev Alberts and administrator and former hockey coach Mike Kemp will be among those visiting.

sterlippo1
01-22-2011, 04:23 PM
i'd love to visit REA but for at least for tonight, the best one is Conte Forum because i'm headed there now, GO EAGLES!

4four4
01-22-2011, 04:41 PM
The reporter from the Omaha World Herald is quite complimentary of The Ralph



Also, in Omaha arena news...

Per UND hockey beat writer Brad Schlossman:

They have to like what they saw on Friday night.

SteveP
01-22-2011, 08:20 PM
How many seats?

Initially it will be around 6000 with room to expand. Still in the early design stage.

glazewsr
01-24-2011, 12:29 PM
You really need to be more specific with this question. "Best" for what? Pure ice quality? Fan involvement/support? Pure facilities (enough restrooms; room to sit/move; concessions; etc)?

I've been to every DI rink except for three (UN-O, UM-L, HC), including some now defunct programs (Wayne St men, Findlay, Fairfield) and including the old Goggin @ Miami, Syracuse women, and the old Dane County Colliseum @ Wisconsin.

For non-facility opinions, it matters greatly whether the students are there (games over Thanksgiving/Christmas suffer); whether the opponent is a rival or a NC game; whether the team sux that year or excells; and even the weather outside.

So what are your criteria for "best"?

allnightwong
01-24-2011, 12:38 PM
I've been to every DI rink except for three (HC)
Not missing anything at HC. Take your local high school rink with bleachers on one side, 20% capacity and you have got this dump.

moose97
01-24-2011, 04:04 PM
Great video of REA from the Gopher series:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19074170" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/19074170">Border War</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user3508912">Christian Begeman</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

burd
01-24-2011, 08:07 PM
I'd have to go with the Lumberdome, even if it has a too much of a coprorate feel to it.

retired_junkie
01-24-2011, 08:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kWd_UeAWCY

No mention of the Alfond???? (At least not that I have seen yet!)
GO BIG BLUE!

RaceBoarder
01-24-2011, 10:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kWd_UeAWCY

No mention of the Alfond???? (At least not that I have seen yet!)
GO BIG BLUE!


As a Maine fan there is no place like the Alfond, but dont take it from me check out this nice feature done by CBS College Sports TV...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS--tye95gg

It was 10 posts ago Champ...

Yuppie Scum
01-25-2011, 04:21 PM
My first post in here..

I've taken the oportunity to get to a bunch of the HEA (and area) rinks over the past year or two. Probably my favorite part of being a fan of Hockey East, I can get to a lot of the away rinks and I'm hoping to get to all of them within a year or two.

Agganis - They have beer, nice concessions/bathrooms, not THE most convenient but well worth the trip. Good pre and postgame opportunities nearby.
Conte - Feels the most like a "pro" rink for sure with the videoboards, etc. Good band. Upper level can seem a bit far from the action. Fans show out but aren't the loudest.
Lawler - Someone in a UML thread described it as "Gentrifying" - I think this is accurate. Used to be a paint factory, now working on assembling the Ikea furniture to fix it up. Cheap tix, and you're right on top of the show too.
Tsongas - Haven't been for a game yet, but it seems like a decent facility, when it comes to shows at least
Whit - Probably my favorite so far, it just feels big, the fans are the most passionate I have seem to date

Bright center (Harvard) - Good mix of modern ameneties and old time hockey intimacy. Also, being right next to Harvard Square is good.

Planning to hit the whit again, NEU and PC this year. Also want to go to Manchester NH for the NE regionals (Have been to that rink, it's nice!)

FlagDUDE08
01-26-2011, 07:23 AM
You really need to be more specific with this question. "Best" for what? Pure ice quality? Fan involvement/support? Pure facilities (enough restrooms; room to sit/move; concessions; etc)?

I've been to every DI rink except for three (UN-O, UM-L, HC), including some now defunct programs (Wayne St men, Findlay, Fairfield) and including the old Goggin @ Miami, Syracuse women, and the old Dane County Colliseum @ Wisconsin.

For non-facility opinions, it matters greatly whether the students are there (games over Thanksgiving/Christmas suffer); whether the opponent is a rival or a NC game; whether the team sux that year or excells; and even the weather outside.

So what are your criteria for "best"?

I think overall experience is what people are looking for on here. Citing "best" based upon specific criteria will result in us picking several different rinks.

MissSioux85
02-11-2011, 10:17 AM
The Wall Street Journal rates "10 of college hockey's most distinctive arenas."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576136462675400454.html?m od=WSJ_hps_sections_lifestyle

FlagDUDE08
02-11-2011, 11:34 AM
The Wall Street Journal rates "10 of college hockey's most distinctive arenas."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576136462675400454.html?m od=WSJ_hps_sections_lifestyle

And already dissent from the Lynah Faithful in the comments. Obviously I cannot say one way or another because I have never been to Yost, and no offense to the Maize and Blue faithful, but I have no intentions of going there anytime soon unless RPI is playing.

dxmnkd316
02-11-2011, 10:48 PM
The Wall Street Journal rates "10 of college hockey's most distinctive arenas."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704132204576136462675400454.html?m od=WSJ_hps_sections_lifestyle

Meh.

uaafanblog
03-05-2011, 04:06 PM
We have a name! No big surprise. :)

I think "The House That Fracking Built" is much better. "Frack Central" ... "Fracking Rink" ... "The Frack Bowl" ... "Flaming Faucets Rink" ... "Frack Daddy's House" ...

I got a million suggestions along those lines.

FreshFish
03-14-2011, 02:37 PM
I found a nice picture but it's not on a website....Institute Rink circa 1909

MissSioux85
03-14-2011, 02:52 PM
The UND TV station did a short profile of Ralph Engelstad Arena

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FKbgfGRYsWU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Lakersalltheway
03-14-2011, 07:40 PM
I cast a vote for St Lawrence. Love that old wooden barn

FreshFish
03-15-2011, 12:32 PM
http://www.augenblick.org/rpi/h_footer.gif


Too bad we can't get the picture on it's own without the caption....

http://www.augenblick.org/rpi/h_footer.gif