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Jeff Kolpack, Published July 31 2013

Bison football single-game tickets expected to sell fast today

FARGO – At 8 a.m. today, the lottery door known as North Dakota State football single-game tickets will open. It won’t take long to close.

And relatively speaking, there may not be very many winners in relation to how many will most likely enter. But that’s the state of Bison football these days on the heels of back-to-back FCS national championships. There are between 1,000 and 1,400 tickets remaining for each of NDSU’s six home games at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

NDSU director of tickets Josh Hemingway expects most of them to be gone before noon, if not earlier.

“It should be similar to a typical playoff game going on sale,” he said.

Looking for the best way to win? Here are a few tips to help you get a seat:

Use the website www.gobison.com, because the odds of success are better. NDSU will have two or three sales people to answer phones, while NDSU’s online service can accommodate more incoming requests quicker.

Have an account already established on the website before 8 a.m. It can be found under the “tickets” tab on the website.

Hemingway says to make sure your login and password information are current.

If you try by phone, be patient. The system can take up to 10 calls that will transfer to the next available ticket operator. The number to call is 231-NDSU.

“That’s typically the toughest way to get through,” Hemingway said.

It will be the second straight year single-game tickets will be in such high demand this early. Last season, four games were sold out in less than five hours, with the other two lasting until early the next morning.

The biggest reason is the spike in season-ticket sales, which this year was capped at 12,100. There were an additional 1,300 seat requests that went unfilled, and common sense says those 1,300 will be active this morning.

“I anticipate with the number of season-ticket requests that (single-game) tickets could go much quicker this year,” Hemingway said. “After going through the playoff stuff the last few years, we’re picking up on things each time we do a sale. We try to make it better and streamline it each year – try to make it easier for people to get in.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia