Alerus Center

Grand Forks, ND - Arena

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Alerus Center, one of the crown jewels of the Upper Midwest, is a 13,500-seat arena that can accommodate 22,000 for concerts and is the home of the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks football team. The multi-purpose arena also hosts family shows, sporting events, conventions, and trade shows. Alerus Center is Grand Forks' premier entertainment and convention facility and is an exciting place for residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of entertainment activities.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Food Services & Hospitality
Venue Management


1200 S 42nd St
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Services Provided

  • Complete Venue Management Services
  • Spectra Food Services & Hospitality
  • Partnerships - Premium Seating Sales
  • Partnerships - Naming Rights
  • Partnerships - Sponsorship Sales

Venue Facts

  • 100,000 square foot arena floor
  • Capacity: 22,000. Many different configurations we can accommodate including a full house, half house, east side, and theatre set. House can be scaled down as needed.
  • 14 individual suites
  • 1 Steamatic Club Lounge - 46 seats that includes an all-inclusive package

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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Home to the University of North Dakota football team - NCAA
University of North Dakota Athletics Website

"We feel like Alerus Center provides us with an excellent home field advantage. We think it is an excellent place to watch a football game. We always hear several positive comments from our opponents about the field, the locker rooms and all the other amenities provided for them. The Alerus Center staff also always treats us and our guests in a first-class manner." - Bubba Schweigert, University of North Dakota Football

Notable Venue Information

  • n Spectra's first full year of managing the building, Alerus Center saw a record year in concerts since the building opened in 2001

  • Alerus Center hosted three concerts of over 8,500 paid attendance

  • 2019 Spectra Venue of the Year

  • Food Services & Hospitality Promotions: Specialty cocktails for various shows - Pre-parties with music, food, and drinks - Specialty food items for various shows

Recent Concerts Include

  • Dierks Bentley, Metallica, Thomas Rhett, Five Finger Death, and Shinedown

  • Metallica concert broke four venue records and had a direct spending impact of $1.5 (Destination International Economic & Direct Spending Impact Calculator)