Jun 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
Work crews are making final preparations before razing the old Ralph eneglestad arena on the university of north Dakota campus. The former winter sports building has a date with a wrecking ball later this month. Demolition teams are erecting a safety fence around the perimeter of the site this week. Any remaining salvage items are being removed from inside the former hockey rink. It’s estimated the scrap value of the building could be as high as a-quarter million dollars. The north Dakota board of higher education approved the demolition in January at a cost of around 800-thousand dollars. Since 2001 the primary use of the building has been for storage. Razing the old Ralph will help pave the way for construction of a new indoor athletic practice facility. the complex will include a full-sized football practice field…eight lane track…and seating for 15-hundred people. The site is expected to be leveled by no later than august first.