Winters in North Dakota can be brutal. During December 2000, the
average low temperature in Grand Forks, N.D., was -10 F (-23 C).
That month, the city's temperature was below zero on 28 days (the
coldest high temperature was -7 F [-22 C], and the coldest low was
-24 F [-31 C]). And 19 inches (475 mm) of snow fell.
Construction crews spent a long time defrosting after working in
these below-zero temperatures when building the Ralph Engelstad
Arena, Grand Forks. The arena is home to the University of North
Dakota's (UND's) Fighting Sioux hockey team and also hosts concerts
and other events. Roofing work began on the $100 million arena in
December 2000 and was completed by the Fighting Sioux's opening
day, Oct. 5, 2001.
Photo courtesy of MC Roofing & Sheet
Metal Inc., Grand Forks, N.D.
Opening day at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand
Forks, N.D., was...
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