WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published September 18, 2013, 06:02 PM

Final wall of old Ralph Engelstad Arena comes down

After weeks of demolition the final walls of the old Ralph Englestad Arena came down Wednesday, making way for the next phase -- The start of construction for the University of North Dakota Athletics practice facility.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

After weeks of demolition the final walls of the old Ralph Englestad Arena came down Wednesday, making way for the next phase -- The start of construction for the University of North Dakota Athletics practice facility.

The wall fell at around 9:30 Wednesday morning. From the very start of demolition at the end of July all the way up until today, fans showed up to see the structure, built in the early 70's, slowly come down.

"Every few days we come by, sometimes every day," says Bruce Bohlman, who lives near the arena site.

Long-time UND sports fan Mike Dorsher may be the person that spent the most time watching the demolition.

"Now I come because I like to see the people that are coming to remember this and the things that went on in here," said Dorsher.

The demolition company has even offered a chance for fans to take home a little piece of history from the Ralph. Fans have purchased almost all 4,000 seats that once graced the inside of the Ralph. Other memorabilia being sold from the old Ralph are paintings that were in the weight room and bricks from the building. Project Manager Meredith Berger says the demolition process is on time, and they will soon allow the University to begin work on the long-awaited 13-million dollar indoor practice facility.

Tags: