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Published October 04, 2013, 03:25 PM

Ralph Engelstad Arena announces annual event attendance; passes 5 million milestone

Ralph Engelstad Arena opened its doors to the community on October 5, 2001; and today arena officials released attendance totals for the completed 2012-2013 event cycle, as well as the first twelve year total.

Ralph Engelstad Arena opened its doors to the community on October 5, 2001; and today arena officials released attendance totals for the completed 2012-2013 event cycle, as well as the first twelve year total. With strong attendance over the past year, Ralph Engelstad Arena has passed the attendance milestone of 5 million event guests. Attendance figures are calculated from October 1 - September 30 annually.

There were 452,281 guests who attended events at Ralph Engelstad Arena during the 2012-2013 event season. Over the past twelve seasons, event attendance figures have remained strong. Ralph Engelstad Arena has averaged 447,252 event guests per year over the twelve year period. These numbers only include guests attending events and do not include daily tours.

Year-by-year totals are as follows:

2001-2002: 330,000

2002-2003: 425,930

2003-2004: 409,592

2004-2005: 627,501 (includes the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship)

2005-2006: 440,723

2006-2007: 425,124

2007-2008: 501,133 (includes the World's Men's Curling Championship)

2008-2009: 404,442

2009-2010: 410,733

2010-2011: 452,182

2011-2012: 487,382

2012-2013: 452,281

Total Attendance: 5,367,023

The strong 2012-2013 attendance total included five Cirque du Soleil performances, opening night of the Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent toud, and another NCAA Division 1-leading UND men's hockey home attendance total.

The University of North Dakota led NCAA Division 1 men's hockey in home attendance in 2012-2013, averaging 11,592 fans in its 21 home games. North Dakota was the only program in the country to average better than 10,000 fans per home game. UND's average home attendance of 11,592 was 99.6 percent of capacity in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena; where 12 of the 21 regular season games were played in front of sellout crowds.

A crowd of 12,177 watched UND's regular season home finale on March 2 against Bemidji State, the second-largest crowd in program history. It was just 12 shy of the school-record 12,189 on Feb. 9, 2002 against Minnesota during the Ralph Engelstad Arena's first year of operation.

"As we being another hockey season, we would like to thank the community and the fans for their support over the past year," said Jody Hodgson, REA General Manager. "The uncommon loyalty to the University of North Dakota men's hockey program allowed us to lead the NCAA in attendance last season, and we are very appreciative of the region's unwavering support."

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