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BettyEngelstadSiouxCenter

Address:
One Ralph Engelstad Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203

 

The Betty Engelstad Sioux Center opened in August 2004 and is home to the UND volleyball and basketball teams, while also housing the women's soccer locker room and offices. One of the premiere arenas of its kind in the country, the Sioux Center has a capacity of approximately 3,300. There are 2,600 seats with molded chair backs, 700 telescopic bleacher seats and additional seating in the VIP area.

The arena features a 24,000-square foot state-of-the-art wood floor. It allows the UND volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams to all practice at the same time, and can be separated by dividers.

The atmosphere created by students and fans provides an undeniable home court advantage. The arena has been recognized by the WBCA for having the best fans, best band in UND's Pride of the North pep band and best facility.

Each team's locker room is suited specifically to meet each team's needs. Each has a meeting room and video conference area, and the facility also features a players' lounge and study room with high-speed internet access. Upstairs, student-athletes and coaches can also break down game film in a more intimate setting in the video room. The arena also houses the coaches' offices for men's and women's basketball, volleyball and soccer.

When not on the court, student-athletes are usually found working out in the Brown and Bender Performance Center. Named after Mark Brown and David Bender, who graciously donated the center, it was opened during the 2005-06 season.

The Betty Engelstad Sioux Center pays tribute to Betty Engelstad, wife of the late Ralph Engelstad, and honors her continued support of North Dakota athletics.

Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Quick Facts

  • Basketball seating 3,300
  • $7 million dollar facility
  • Complementary architecture to main arena
  • Brick and precast exterior shell
  • Matching standing seam metal roofing
  • 50,000 gross square feet
  • 24,000 square feet of wood floor
  • High quality, spring loaded wood floor
  • Power operated, self storing basketball standards
  • Power operated, self storing divider curtains
  • 4 regulation size basketball courts
  • 4 regulation size volleyball courts
  • 2,600 padded upholstered seats with armrests
  • Telescopic bleacher seating for 700
  • McKinnon Company, Standford and McKinnon Families Club Lounge/VIP hospitality room for 200
  • Brown and Bender Performance Center
  • Tradition area
  • Granite lobby floor
  • Large graphic & display walls
  • 3 home team locker rooms w/ team meeting rooms
  • Players lounge
  • Players study classroom with computers and high-speed internet

About Betty Engelstad:

Elizabeth "Betty" Stocker was born Jan. 1, 1933, in the East Grand Forks, Minn., the daughter of Fred and Mary Stocker. Betty married Ralph Engelstad in 1954 and together they had one daughter, Kris Engelstad McGarry. Keeping with her late husband's generous financial contributions, Betty has emerged as a philanthropist in her own right, gifting to various charitable organizations.

As the newest addition to the Ralph Engelstad Arena complex, the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center is a lasting tribute to Betty Engelstad and the ongoing support and shared vision of the University of North Dakota and the Engelstad family.

Betty continues to reside in Las Vegas, Nev., near her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

DIRECTIONS TO THE BETTY ENGELSTAD SIOUX CENTER (BESC)

From Interstate 29 southbound

  1. Take exit 141 for US-2 E/Gateway Drive.
  2. Turn left onto Gateway Drive.
  3. Travel east 1.1 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive. There will be a bank on your right-hand side.
  5. At the three-way stop, turn right on 10th Avenue North/Oxford Street.
  6. Follow the curve to the front of the building.

From Interstate 29 northbound

  1. Take exit 141 for US-2 E/Gateway Drive.
  2. Merge right onto Gateway Drive.
  3. Travel east 1.1 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive. There will be a bank on your right-hand side.
  5. At the three-way stop, turn right on 10th Avenue North/Oxford Street.
  6. Follow the curve to the front of the building.

From Highway 2 eastbound

  1. US-2 will merge into Gateway Drive once inside the city limits.
  2. Travel east on US-2/Gateway Drive.
  3. Turn right onto Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive. There will be a bank on your right-hand side.
  4. At the three-way stop, turn right on 10th Avenue North/Oxford Street.
  5. Follow the curve to the front of the building.

From Highway 2 westbound

  1. US-2 will merge into Gateway Drive once inside the city limits.
  2. Travel west on US-2/Gateway Drive.
  3. Turn left onto Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive. There will be a bank on your left-hand side.
  4. At the three-way stop, turn right on 10th Avenue North/Oxford Street.
  5. Follow the curve to the front of the building.

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