Touchdowns, Tailgating and SimplyGraND Times

With just a week remaining until the University of North Dakota football team officially opens its season, head coach Bubba Schweigert is hoping y’all will be his 12th player.

The whole crowd is sure to be up cheering after every touchdown and with some of the best athletes in the country on the field, don’t expect to spend very much time in your seat! Along with talented junior transfer quarterback Nate Ketteringham plus top senior running backs John Santiago and Brady Oliveira, they hope to lead the Fighting Hawks to another winning season. Undefeated in 2016 conference play, UND hopes to capture the chemistry from that season and their first NCAA Division I-AA Championship!

You’ll also be able to enjoy all the Alerus Center’s indoor comforts and jumbotron screens that highlight every play, providing an up-close view of the action. A few of their newer enhancements include an updated sound system, top-of-the-line LED sports lighting and free public access Wi-Fi. Feeling hungry? Make sure to check out the large concession area with a variety of delicious food and beverages, including a featured Panini of the Game, The Grand Hot Dog and Coach Bubba Burger: quarter pound beef patty with garlic chipotle bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Forgot to wear your Green ‘n’ White gear? No worries; there will be a pro shop set up with the latest, greatest, most stylish Fighting Hawks apparel around.

If you’d like to partake in some pre-game fun, make sure to stop by Tailgate Village 2.5 hours prior to every home game. The Alerus Center south parking lot will be filled with live music, food vendors, merchandise sales and giant inflatables for the kids…and it’s free for fans!

2018 Home Schedule

August 30/6:30 PM vs. Mississippi Valley State

September 22/4 PM vs. Idaho State (Homecoming & Potato Bowl)

October 13/1 PM vs. Montana (Family Weekend)

October 27/2 PM vs. Weber State (Military Appreciation)

November 10/2 PM vs. Portland State (Senior Recognition)

Tickets for UND football may be purchased by going to, calling 800-745-3000 or in person at the Alerus Center Box Office, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday and on game days.

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