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Published November 04, 2012, 12:42 PM

Grand Forks complex tops 5 million mark for guests

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Officials with the Ralph Engelstad Arena complex in Grand Forks say more than 5 million people have attended events at the facility since it opened.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Officials with the Ralph Engelstad Arena complex in Grand Forks say more than 5 million people have attended events at the facility since it opened.

The milestone mark was reached Saturday at the hockey game between the University of North Dakota and Boston College.

Arena officials say the complex averages nearly 447,000 event guests per year. It includes people attending events at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Olympic Arena and the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Ralph Engelstad Arena is named for a UND alumnus, benefactor and former goaltender on the school's hockey team who became wealthy as a property developer and casino owner.

The main arena in the complex, which is home to UND hockey, opened in October 2001 at a cost of more than $100 million.

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