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By Charly Haley, chaley@forumcomm.com, Published January 05 2013

Fans fill up local bars and restaurants to watch title game

FARGO – While many North Dakota State University football fans made the trip to Texas for Saturday’s championship game, Fargo was still green and yellow with Bison fans who stayed here.

Many fans went to local bars to watch the game in a fun atmosphere.

“We knew there would be a lot of fans here. It’s kind of like being at a football game,” said Jill Unruh, of Fargo, who watched the game at OB Sports Zone.

NDSU alumna Leola Daul, of Fargo, was also cheering on the Bison at OB Sports Zone.

“I wanted to get together with friends,” she said. “It’s just a fun, exciting atmosphere.”

The Hub Entertainment Destination screened the game on several TVs in The Venue and House of Rock bars there.

“The environment is better than just in your own living room,” said Eric Kolden, 21, a former NDSU student.

The Hub event started at 10 a.m.

There were dozens of fans in The Hub around 10:30 a.m., and manager Ryan Kurle expected the building to be packed by game time. Last year’s Bison championship had every table full, he said.

Hillery Mork, a 34-year-old NDSU alumna from Hawley, Minn., got there right at 10 a.m. to make sure she’d have a good seat.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Mork said.

Fans Tanya Reis, 41, of West Fargo, and Kami Olson, 44, of Hawley, made game day their “girls’ day” and sat at the same table for last year’s Bison championship game.

“It’s fun to have the whole atmosphere of everyone cheering for the game,” Olson said.

The fans at The Hub predicted a Bison victory.

“It’s just unbelievable that NDSU is in the big game two years in a row,” said Don Sell, 61, of Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311