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A Look Inside the Fargo SCHEELS Arena

The SCHEELS Arena is the home of many local events that support community, family, sports, entertainment and, most of all, fun! The arena hosts the Pride of Dakota show, charity events and even concerts! However, what takes up a lot of the event time at the SCHEELS Arena are the sporting events, one of those being the Fargo Force games. Let’s take a look inside the SCHEELS Arena and see what you’ll find on the night of a Fargo Force game!

Arena History

Scheels Arena (formerly called The Urban Plains Center, or UPC) is a multipurpose venue located in Fargo as part of the Sanford Health Athletic Park. The arena was constructed and opened in 200, and renamed in 2010 after SCHEELS All Sports purchased the naming rights. The arena seats up to 6,000 for concerts and over 5,000 for ice hockey and holds 40 suites and 300 club seats. During the season, you’ll find an NHL-sized ice sheet—the main tenant being the Fargo Force!

For Everyone

Athletic games are an amazing way for the entire family to spend time together and have fun! Everyone will enjoy cheering on the Force during the game, but that’s just the start. There are a TON of activities, games, entertainment, snacks and more for kids and adults at the games.

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Photos by Geneva Nodland


Did you know you can host a birthday party at the SCHEELS Arena? There are great opportunities for kids to cheer on the game and celebrate with the team on their birthdays! Get tickets, food and beverage, cake, free chuck-a-pucks, an autographed card, a team store coupon, an announcement on the video board and a Zamboni ride! You can add even more to this already chockfull package to make the birthday experience the best one yet. Reach out to samij@fargoforce.com to learn more!

Arena Facts!

  • SCHEELS Arena is a 5,000-seat hockey arena located in south Fargo, ND.
  • SCHEELS Arena brings world-class entertainers to our hometown stage, making every point of view memorable for fans!
  • Home to the 2017-18 USHL Clark Cup Championship hockey team the Fargo Force & Force Academy, along with many other local hockey tournaments.
  • The Fargo Force also offers great opportunities for businesses and large groups to rent and celebrate during a game! Reach out to Kyle Ebach at 701-356-4350 or at kylee@FargoForce.com to learn more.

Upper-Level Excitement

From when the doors open to the final buzzer, the upper level of the arena is buzzing with energy. There are immersive games like ain’t Jenga, Tic-tac-toe and Connect 4 and classic entertainment like Skee-Ball and air hockey. Kids can get a balloon animal to take home or a colorful face painting to show off for the crowd cam between the game’s periods. Kids can burn off the cotton candy-fueled energy by playing mini hockey, visiting the indoor playground or taking a swing at the climbing wall. You can even spot some mascots wandering around, they love high-fives!


You can purchase tickets at scheelsarena.com, at ticketmaster.com or stop in and visit the box office team Tuesday-Thursday from 10 am-2 pm, or on event dates starting at noon.

Home Game Occasion

Each home game comes with a special way to celebrate the Force and its fans, all with their own twists to offer deals, costumes, games and more. From nights that honor certain individuals to kids takeovers to fundraising efforts, there are countless ways that SCHEELS warms up the arena during these chilly months. Check out the upcoming games and their themes!

Upcoming Events

3/16 Minecraft Night

Celebrate the first Minecraft NIght, with a special kids ticket/meal package and specialty jerseys!

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day

Take part in the St. Patty’s Scavenger Hunt, find the pot of GOAL’D, Green Beer and a $9.75 ticket if you wear green.

3/18 Teddy Bear Toss

Bring a teddy bear and toss it on the ice when the Force scores their first goal, the bears will then be donated to local kids in need. Plus, stick around after the game and Skate with the Force!

4/14 Family Fun Night

Enjoy a Family 4-Pack from Buffalo Wild Wings and stop by all the games and activities around the concourse with the whole family.

4/15 Game of Thrones
Visit the first-ever Fargo Force x American Red Cross Game of Thrones Night, stay tuned for more details!

4/21 Fan Appreciation
To celebrate the Force fans, find specialty jerseys designed by a Force Fan themself and an 11×17 poster giveaway. Plus, fans are invited to paint the ice after the game!

Scheels Arena
(701) 356-7656
5225 31st Ave S, Fargo
Facebook: ScheelsArena
Instagram: scheelsarena
Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Written by Geneva Nodland

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