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UND Hockey 101

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It is time everyone! The University of North Dakota’s Hockey season has begun. Those who have been around for a while know the ins and outs of UND hockey like when to show up, what seats are the best, and the best places to get food. Here is a brief list of some things to keep in mind when going to a UND hockey game.  


If you want any chance of getting into the Lower Bowl seats of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, you have to get in line early. There are people that get in line at 8 am on the day of home hockey games just to get the lowest seats in the house. As someone who likes to get the first row of the upper bowl, I usually get in line at least an hour early on game day. If you’re hoping for lower, you should get there earlier than that. When you are getting in line, make sure to wear layers to keep warm as the temperatures drop. 


Certain food stops in the Ralph arena have discounts for UND students. One of which being the Wish Bone, which is located at the Student entrance when you walk in. If you are old enough and plan on buying alcohol at the game, make sure you stop at one of the tables with the people with the striped shirts to get a wristband. It is also important to note that most of the places that do offer alcohol only accept cash. Luckily there are ATM’s on both floors of the Ralph.  

Guest Tickets: 

UND students have the opportunity to purchase guest tickets for non-UND students. They can be purchased at the box office by the Sioux shop, and cost $25. You must have a ticket for the game you are wanting to buy a pass for and can only get one per game per student. The one downside is that you and the guest must sit in the upper bowl of the Ralph, and cannot sit down in lower bowl during the game.  

I hope this gives you a little insight into what to expect out of your first hockey game at the Ralph. Make sure to dress warm, get discounted food, invite friends, and cheer the loudest for our hockey team.  


Claire Arneson is a Dakota Student Section Editor. She can be reached at [email protected] 

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