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Published August 02, 2013, 05:30 PM

First week of old Engelstad Arena demolition complete

Crews have wrapped up the first week of demolition on the old Ralph Engelstad arena.

Crews have wrapped up the first week of demolition on the old Ralph Engelstad arena. The arena, built in 1972, was vacated by the North Dakota hockey team in 2001. The building, which cost $2 millon to build 41 years ago, is costing $600,000 to tear down. The piles of rubble that now surround the building bring back 30 years of memories for hockey fans. UND spokesman Peter Johnson says the building is almost like a family heirloom for many in Grand Forks.

The building should be completely leveled in about two weeks. There are only about 100 arena seats from the old ralph still available for purchase. Berger Enterprises is selling the seats from its Emerado office. Each seat is $20, and they're being sold in sets of three.

Meanwhile, After Wednesday's sale at the new arena, all of the remaining "Home of the Fighting Sioux" letters from the exterior of the new Ralph are gone. A complete phrase "Sioux" was sold in its entirety for $2,500.

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