GRAND FORKS - Ralph Engelstad Arena will install in the offseason a new center-hung video board that it says will be the largest in college hockey.
The video board will be 34 feet wide and 15.5 feet high -- roughly twice the size of the current video board (16 feet wide, 9 feet high).
The main video board -- which will have four equal sides -- also will have video rings around the top and bottom of the main screen.
Ralph Engelstad Arena says it will eclipse the center-hung video board at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center, which is currently the largest in college hockey.
It will be installed by Daktronics.
The current video boards will be moved to the ends of the arena.
Ralph Engelstad Arena also will install a new fascia ribbon that rings around the arena between the upper and lower levels and it will install LED lighting in the building.
The entire project will cost $6 million, according to The Ralph. The Engelstad Foundation has committed $4 million to the project. The other $2 million will come out of The Ralph’s longterm repair and replacement reserve fund.
"We're very happy to help fund this project," Kris McGarry said in a statement. "The fan experience is extremely important to my family. We remain committed to the UND hockey team and to the fans that are the lifeblood of the hockey program. We also know that time stands still for no one. We share the vision of the arena's management team to make sure that Ralph Engelstad Arena remains one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the country."
UND coach Brad Berry said: “"In addition to the recruiting value that comes from playing in a world-class arena, I also know that the new video boards will help us with our efforts to create an unmatched home-ice advantage at the Ralph. We love playing in front of capacity crowds and the new video boards are certainly going to add to the game atmosphere that allows us to continue growing our fan base. Just like our fans, I can hardly wait to see the new technology live in person next season.
“We're extremely appreciative of the support from the Engelstad Foundation and we're honored to see their ongoing investment in the arena and our hockey program."