Civic Center

East Grand Forks Civic Center

The Civic Center, built in 1974, is the primary home of East Grand Forks youth and high school hockey, and the primary community event center in East Grand Forks. Since its earliest days it has served as host site for Section 8 and Section 8A Boys and Girls High School Hockey Tournaments, Youth Hockey District and Region Tournaments, Local and Regional Synchronized Skating competitions, and even a national Bantam Hockey Tournament. In addition to sports competition, the Civic Center hosts numerous community events like High School graduation, live music, Arts & Crafts shows, and many more. It even served as headquarters for the Minnesota National Guard during the flood fight of 1997.  

Now more than 45 years old, many aspects of the Civic Center are due for important upgrades. None more vital than replacement of the Artificial Ice Making plant. The current R-22 Ice Plant is tired and worn, with many of its components remaining original to the buildings construction. As the City of East Grand Forks works through plans for improvements to the Civic Center, the Ice Plant remains a top priority for improvement needs, but the list doesn't end there. The City has worked through much of 2019 and 2020 to prioritize plans for much needed upgrades to outdated infrastructure such as building accessibility, mechanical and refrigeration systems, locker rooms, and site amenities. 

Now we're a Top 4 Finalist to be recognized as Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020 and win $150,000 in arena upgrades! In order to make this happen, we need your vote for East Grand Forks! Voting Begins Saturday, August 29th at 6:00 a.m. CT and closes Sunday August 30th at 10:00 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced on August 30th! 

 Vote for East Grand Forks online at 

Building Info. 

  • Manager- Brian Larson
  • Address: 300 15th St NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
  • Ice Season - October 30 through March 30
  • Ice Rental Rate - $120 per hour
  • Concession Stands - Two
  • Locker Rooms - Six
  • Rest Rooms - Three
  • Capacity - 2,500 seats, Standing Room only for 800
  • Parking Spaces - 750

Rental Information

Contact the East Grand Forks Parks & Recreation Department at 218-773-8000 for building availability and rental rates