It has been an exciting first season in the Big Sky Conference for the University of North Dakota Football team! UND will host their final home game of the regular season this Saturday, November 3, at the Alerus Center. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to watch football indoors at the beginning of November in North Dakota!
The Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a proud sponsor of the Tailgating Village outside the Alerus Center for the last two seasons, and this year we designated a “Tailgater of the Game” at each home game with the winner(s) receiving prize packages valued at $250. This Saturday the “Tailgater of the Year” will be crowned from the pool of the past five winners. This recipient will receive a prize package valued at $500 along with bragging rights and a flag designating the title!
These high-spirited UND Football fans fill the Alerus Center parking lot hours before each game with food, festivities and fun. Here are the game winners and the entries for “Tailgater of the Year”:
August 30 – Al Pearson has been enjoying UND Football since 1961, and when he is tailgating he is decked out in UND gear and socializing with other fans of all ages!
September 8 – Erich Hatwig, from Hallock, MN, has been tailgating for the past four years. He does it because he loves socializing and meeting new people while showing his love of UND Football. This group was chosen as “Tailgater of the Game” due to their energy and friendlines.
September 29 – This group of 60 people headed up by Scott Kosmatka, Todd Anvinson, Chris Misialek, Orin Knutson and Dave Lind, brought a pick-up grill, which is a 1966 Chevy converted to a grill, which is under the hood. No matter what the temperature is outside, this group is here, and they support all UND athletics.
October 13 – Sandy Berg has been tailgating at the UND Homecoming Football for the past five years; driving all the way to Grand Forks from Georgia! They had 15 tailgaters with them and an airplane as part of their props! This group knows how to warm the hearts of UND fans!
October 20 – This team includes Kevin and Kathy Smith and Dana and Janel Hermes. They have been showing their UND spirit since 1999. They are parents of former players, and the excitement of UND Football has been keeping them coming back. They love UND Football so much they many times take the trailer to away games and have people join them and sign the inside of their trailer. At this game their group of 15 was feeding guest high school teams.
Will you be at Saturday’s game? Who do you think should win the honor of “Tailgater of the Year”?
For those of you looking for some unique holiday gift-giving ideas, the Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Center houses a gift shop with a wide variety of local and regional products. You will find such souvenir items as magnets, pins, key chains, Christmas ornaments, mugs, sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps. We also feature North Dakota and Minnesota made food products including: North Prairie Signature bison sausage; Simple Garden Harvest soup mix; O’Connor’s mustard; RBJ’s jam; Dakota Maid pancake mix; Mable’s Taste of Home syrup; Prairie Roasters coffee and much more.
We are conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 29 (Exit 141) and Highway 2 (4251 Gateway Drive). Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. You are invited to experience first-hand all the helpful services we offer, while getting your shopping done at the same time!