Single game tickets listed at $99 for UND-Minnesota hockey games are highest ever charged in Grand Forks
GRAND FORKS-The University of North Dakota's biggest hockey rival, Minnesota, is coming back to town for the first time in six seasons-and fans without season tickets will have to pay record prices if they want to see the series.UND recently rele...
GRAND FORKS-The University of North Dakota's biggest hockey rival, Minnesota, is coming back to town for the first time in six seasons-and fans without season tickets will have to pay record prices if they want to see the series.
UND recently released its single-game ticket prices, revealing that it will cost $99 to get a single ticket to either game against the Gophers-the highest single-game ticket price ever for a home hockey game.
It will be the same price for an adult or a youth ticket.
The single-game ticket is more expensive than UND football season tickets ($80-$95).
The North Dakota-Minnesota series is scheduled for Oct. 20-21 in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It will be Minnesota's first trip to North Dakota since Jan. 13-14, 2012.
Single-game tickets go on sale Sept. 1.
A pre-sale for season-ticket waiting list members is Aug. 30 and a second pre-sale for Champions Club members is Aug. 31.
UND sold out of its season ticket allotment as it has done every year in the 16-year-old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Last season, the teams played in Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota's athletic department charged a record $70-$90 per ticket in addition to requiring ticket purchases for other games, raising costs to as much as $150 per game.
The Fighting Hawks and Gophers are scheduled to play in Las Vegas during October 2018-a game that has already sold out, too.
The rivals also have contracts to play in Minneapolis during the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons and in Grand Forks during the 2020-21 and 2022-23 seasons.
UND, the 2016 NCAA national champion, enters the season on a 15-year streak of NCAA appearances-the second-longest streak in college hockey history.
Minnesota, the defending Big Ten champion, enters the season with big expectations after earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs a season ago and adding freshman standout Casey Mittelstadt.
UND's cheapest single-game tickets are $25 for exhibition games against Manitoba (Sept. 30) and the U.S. Under-18 team (Dec. 30) and nonconference series against St. Lawrence (Oct. 13-14) and Union (Nov. 24-25). The Union series comes over Thanksgiving break when the students are gone.
All National Collegiate Hockey Conference series are $40 for Friday night games and $49 for Saturday night games, which are more popular among out-of-town fans.