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High-priced UND-Minnesota hockey tickets sell out instantly

UND captain Austin Poganski circles the net against Minnesota in a regular-season game last season. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald.

The highest ticket prices in UND athletics history didn't at all slow down the mad dash of fans trying to find their way into the North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series next month.

The rivalry series, being played in Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in six seasons, instantly sold out this week, despite record ticket prices of $99 for both adult and youth tickets.

Presale allotments sold out during Champions Club and season-ticket waiting list events earlier this week. By the time all single-game tickets went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, only a small allotment of seats were available and they lasted less than five minutes.

The Oct. 20-21 series will mark the first time that the rivals have played in Grand Forks since Jan. 13-14, 2012.

The $99 seats are the most expensive ever sold by the athletic department. For reference, the second-highest priced tickets this season are for Saturday night National Collegiate Hockey Conference games. Those are $49 for adults and $30 for youth.

Tickets for North Dakota-Minnesota games have been the hottest in college hockey, even though the rivals moved into different leagues in 2013.

The teams recently sold out a single game that will be played in Las Vegas -- at 7,500-seat Orleans Arena -- in October 2018 for $79 per seat. That will be the only meeting between the Fighting Hawks and Gophers next season.

During the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons, they'll play two-game series in Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. During the 2020-21 and 2022-23 seasons, they'll play series in The Ralph.

UND has led the nation in home-game attendance for the past five seasons and sold out its season-ticket allotment for at least the 17th consecutive season.

UND hosts Manitoba in an exhibition game on Sept. 30, then opens the regular season at Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 6-7.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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