Curtain Call At Center Ice?It could be the last time the "Fighting Sioux" logo is painted on center ice at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ
Wednesday could be the last time the "Fighting Sioux" logo is painted on center ice at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
The logo is painted on center ice each year before the hockey season starts.
The State Board of Higher Education has decided the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo will be retired, and UND has started the process to retire the nickname and logo by the start of the 2011 school year.
The logo's use and prominence in the Ralph Engelstad Arena is still up in the air. General Manager Jody Hodgeson says right now there are no plans to change anything in the arena for the 2011-2012 season- including center ice. "Right now it's business as usual. The settlement has never defined what the policy of the NCAA fully entails," Hodgeson says. The arena is not owned by UND.
The settlement with the NCAA says to host post-season play about 1800 of the 2500 logos in the Engelstad Arena would have to be removed. It says that any logo that is part of the structure of the building- like logos etched in the floors and walls- could remain. All logos that were superficial would have to be removed for UND to host post-season play.
Hodgeson has maintained that he and the REA board are against changing anything in the arena, and that UND would have to pay for any future changes that may be made to the building.
As the logo was painted at center ice today, REA Director of Operations Charlie Muus said the nickname is a recognizable symbol and will be missed.
Charlie Muus. "We'll work with what we have. We'll do whatever we're told to do to put on the ice. And it'll be a different look and we'll make the best of it with what we can. We got a world class facility."
The logo under the ice took painters about 10 hours to complete. They started at 5:00am.
"It never looks as good as it does today," Hodgeson says.