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Venues in Grand Forks, ND,
(701) 777-6609

About Us

Ralph Engelstad Arena is a unique wedding venue in Grand Forks, North Dakota, that is known for hosting world-class events and weddings alike. Built for the University of North Dakota’s hockey team and named for a former player and university benefactor, this 400,000-square-foot arena is a one-of-a-kind place to be married. No matter which of the arena’s event spaces you choose, you’ll be wed on historic, granite floors and become a part of Ralph Engelstad Arena’s legacy.

Facilities and Capacity

Ralph Engelstad Arena has a total of six event spaces, including club lounges and the main lobby. This venue has a modern and unique vibe overall and may accommodate anywhere from 50 to 500 people with indoor setting options. They have space to host events including bridal showers, ceremonies, receptions and also rehearsal dinners.

Services Offered

Ralph Engelstad Arena takes care of setup and cleanup, making things easier for you and your loved ones. They also have event planning and event rental services for you to consider. Additional event-related services and offerings include:

  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting/sound
  • Audio equipment
  • Chairs
  • Drapery
  • Tables


Ralph Engelstad Arena offers multiple serving options for your food, from buffet to plated to stations to tastings. They have an in-house bar and an in-house caterer with servers and bartenders, which means your planning process will be much more streamlined. They’ll take care of one of the most important aspects of the meal — dessert — and they also offer a cake-cutting service. Some of their other services and offerings include:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Barware
  • China
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • China
  • Champagne toast
  • House beer
  • Open bar
  • Signature drink


Ralph Engelstad Arena has wheelchair access, wireless internet and offers parking. Their space works nicely for celebrations with large wedding parties and small as well as intimate crowds and larger ones. Beyond weddings, Ralph Engelstad Arena also plays host to events such as banquets and socials.


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  • Was beautiful before we even put our decorations in. Alison was amazing to work with and answered all questions and conserna for us!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 700.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 700.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Banquet Hall

    What kind of settings are available?


    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar

    What event items are available?

    Audio Equipment, Chairs, Drapery, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

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