University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

The Ralph will host free “Party on the Plaza” concert May 31

Ralph Engelstad Arena will host a free “Party on the Plaza” concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, to kick-off the first-ever ball hockey tournament (June 1- 2.  The concert will be headlined by Pop Rocks, a Minneapolis-based act known for their high-energy show and costume changes while covering the biggest hits from the 80s and today. The concert will also feature Identity 5 and Tate Maris. The event is free and open to the public.

Ball Hockey Tournament
Ralph Engelstad Arena is still accepting registrations for participating teams. The tournament will take place on the concrete surfaces in the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Olympic Arena when the ice is out. Each Arena will utilize dividers to create three “cross-ice” ball hockey rinks.

Tournament Details:

DATES: June 1 – June 2, 2013

GAMES: Each team is guaranteed five games minimum.

DIVISIONS: Range from youth to adult and vary by skill level. Mixed (male and female) teams are welcome. No formal hockey experience necessary.

ENTRY FEE: $225 team fee. Up to eight players per team allowed.

REGISTRATION / MORE INFORMATION: Register and additional information is available at or by calling 707-777-6637.

Ball hockey is similar to the game of hockey however it is not played on ice, does not require full equipment, and consists of four or more players per team (three players and one goalie). Various divisions based on skill and age will be offered. Ball hockey is a sport typically played on streets across North America and tournaments are common in major Canadian cities.

Ralph Engelstad Arena is creating this start-up tournament as an annual event to bring additional guests to Grand Forks and to offer another entertainment / recreation option for the local community. The ball hockey tournament is for all ages (youth through adult, male and female) and will be the first tournament of its kind in the Upper Great Plains.