Scheels Arena
Urban Plains Center IIHF U18 2009.jpg
Location 5225 South 31st Avenue
Fargo, ND 58104
Broke ground June 27, 2007
Opened October 30, 2008[1]
Owner Metro Sports Foundation
Operator Metro Sports Foundation
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $25 million
Architect ICON Architectural Group
Project Manager Gehrtz Construction Services[2]
Structural engineer Sandman & Associates Consulting, PC[3]
General Contractor Olaf Anderson & Son Construction, Inc.[4]
Capacity 6,000 (Basketball)
5,000 (Ice Hockey)
Fargo Force (USHL) (2008-present)
North Dakota State Bison men's basketball (NCAA) (2014-2016)

Scheels Arena (formerly called The Urban Plains Center, or UPC) is a multi-purpose venue located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is part of the Sanford Health Athletic Park which consists of the arena, Family Wellness Center (a partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA), Sanford POWER Athletic Center, and there are plans to add four additional ice sheets. It was constructed and opened in 2008 and renamed in 2010 after Scheels All Sports purchased the naming rights. The arena seats up to 6,000 for concerts, over 5,000 for ice hockey, and features 40 suites and 300 club seats. It features an NHL-sized ice sheet. The main tenant of the arena is the Fargo Force who play in the United States Hockey League.

Other Scheels Arena events include Fargo-Moorhead high school hockey, the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, Max fights, the 2011 US Curling Nationals for both [2011 United States Men's Curling Championship|men and 2011 United States Women's Curling Championship|women, the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, rodeos, and concerts.

The North Dakota State Bison men's basketball team will play their home games at the Scheels Arena for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons whilst a new arena is refurbished [1]

The Farmers Union Insurance Centre opens on June 2, 2016 as an additional part of the complex. Original plans (back in 2008) called for a 4 sheet facility but economic conditions necessitated a single sheet be constructed. The rink will be dedicated to youth hockey. Management of the facility believes this will be the final addition to the facility barring another donation.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Report: Officials' Private e-mails Hid Hockey Talk", October 19, 2008. 
  2. Urban Plains Center - Fargo, ND. Gehrtz Construction Services. Retrieved on January 2, 2014.
  3. Scheels Arena. Entertainment. Sandman & Associates Consulting, PC. Retrieved on November 22, 2011.
  4. Olaf Update. Athletic. Olaf Anderson & Son Construction (April 2008). Retrieved on November 22, 2011.

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