Jeff Kolpack, Published December 23 2013
Demand for title game tickets high once againFARGO – The North Dakota State ticket office took approximately 6,500 requests for tickets for the Jan. 4 Division I FCS national title game in Frisco, Texas. As usual, that’s like fitting a square peg through a football-shaped hole.
Both NDSU and Towson University (Md.) were allotted 3,000 tickets by the NCAA for the game at Toyota Stadium. The allottment is 1,000 less per school. It means it’s back to the priority points system for the NDSU ticket office. The scale rewards fans based on factors such as donations and consecutive years of holding season tickets.
NDSU director of ticket operations Josh Hemingway said his office is going through the ticket requests and ranking them.
“The plan now is to notify people late Thursday whether we can meet their request or not,” he said.
Hemingway estimates more fans than ever bought tickets over the summer using the experience of the previous two years of NDSU playing in this game.
“I think they sold more in advance and ideally our fans are the ones that bought them,” he said.
The next option through the NCAA is expected to come later this week when standing room tickets are put on sale. Hemingway recommends bookmarking the online website www.ncaa.com/fcs and checking it regularly.
“A lot of times they’ll put out a 24-hour notice in advance,” he said.
Last year’s game drew 21,411 fans at Toyota Stadium, which lists a capacity of 20,500.
Fargo ‘GameDay’ show in upper half of viewers
The most-viewed ESPN “College GameDay” pregame football show was the season opener when it featured Georgia at Clemson. The show three weeks later didn’t do too bad in the ratings, either.
The Delaware State at NDSU show televised from downtown Fargo drew 1.83 million viewers according to Sports Business Daily, putting it in the top half of all shows this season.
The Fargo segment drew more viewers than Oregon and Washington, Stanford at USC, Ohio State at Northwestern and Miami at Florida State.
Williams, Turner earn 4th All-American honor
Left tackle Billy Turner and cornerback Marcus Williams were selected to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-American team.
It’s the fourth All-American honor for both players this season, following The Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation teams.
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