Bison notebook: At least three football games ready to pack Fargodome – InForum
FARGO — The football attendance trend in the state of North Dakota has taken a downward trend over the past few years. But early indications after single-game tickets went on sale Monday are that at least three games at the Gate City Bank Fargodome are heading for at least a near sell-out.
Certainly, the University of North Dakota game on November 19 will be sold out. There are only single tickets left, according to the Bison box office. More tickets will likely be released the week of the game.
“UND is the one that’s really low right now,” said Kaye Ternes, NDSU assistant athletic director for ticketing operations.
There are approximately 900 tickets left for the Dakota Marker game against South Dakota State on October 15. About 800 remain for the Oct. 1 return game against Youngstown State.
The capacity of the dome is 18,700 with standing room available thereafter. Last year, the Bisons averaged 15,101 fans in nine home games, though those included second-round playoff games and FCS quarterfinals against Southern Illinois and East Tennessee State which attracted 12,557 and 11,794 fans respectively.
The NDSU’s four Missouri Valley Football Conference games last year averaged 16,183 fans.
The slate of home games this year in the Missouri Valley will likely be more appealing to fans with SDSU, UND, Youngstown and Illinois State.
Last year, NDSU had a big perennial draw in northern Iowa, but also hosted Indiana State and Missouri State, which didn’t have the usual party atmosphere despite the improvement in Missouri state over previous years.
The Bison will open with Drake University on September 3. Interest is higher the following week when North Carolina A&T, which will enter the Colonial Athletic Association next season. There are approximately 2,000 tickets left for this game.
Luepke on Payton’s ‘Watch List’
Senior full-back Hunter Luepke has been on many radars since being named the most valuable player in the FCS domestic title game in January. On Wednesday, he was one of 35 players on the Walter Payton Award “Watch List” which rewards the best offensive player in the FCS.
Luepke is a two-time first-team All-American as a fullback, though he was used more at fullback against Montana State last January, rushing 14 times for 82 yards and three touchdowns. . During the season, he rushed for 543 yards and eight touchdowns and also caught three touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kaedin Steindorf was one of 22 named to the FCS Punter of the Year watch list. He averaged 40.2 yards per punt last year with 18 punts landing inside the award The FCS Punter of the Year was established in 2019 by the Augusta Sports Council, which is also home to the Ray Guy award given annually to the top bettor at the FBS level. .
The “Fan Day” returns next Tuesday
NDSU’s annual “Fan Day” is scheduled for next Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. on the south side of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Free entry.
Fans can watch the football team practice from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the new practice field with Bison football players joining NDSU football and volleyball players to meet the fans.
WDAY-TV will air its 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts live during the event.
The school will distribute “Champions play here” posters. Other attractions include Games to Go inflatables and carnival games, Pikadilly Face Painting, NDSU Bookstore fan shop, Junior Bison Club package pickup, and food trucks.
With construction underway at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex, fans are encouraged to park at the Fargodome field north of SHAC, or the R field south and west of the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track & Field Facility.