The USD football team hosts defending champion NDSU in Sioux Falls this October, but what is supposed to be a home game could turn out to be just the opposite. Bison fans are known to travel extremely well and a recent ticket promotion from South Dakota to get more Yote fans in the stands, is also attracting the Fargo faithful.
"We knew there'd be Bison fans that would choose to go ahead and buy the package, just to get the ticket and that's okay too. That's something we're not going to stop, we can't stop it," said USD Athletic Director David Sayler.
When North Dakota State fans got wind of a special promotion USD created selling a package deal to both the NDSU game along with the Colgate contest, Bison followers took to the internet to snatch up the tickets, despite picking up an extra game they don't plan on attending. While their enthusiasm isn't surprising to Sayler, it is causing some concern.
"I was down at the national championship game down in Texas, and I saw all 12- thousand of them that made the trip so I knew, and I know the game is going to sell out. The point is to let our fans know the urgency of that too and jump on board and buy tickets before it's too late," said Sayler.
The matchup set for October 20th at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls won't be on the Coyotes home turf of the DakotaDome, but Sayler is doing his best to make sure there is a home-like atmosphere.
"We have over 1200 season tickets sold and all those people have tickets to the North Dakota State game in Sioux Falls. We know there's going to be a big showing of red. My goal is to get it is as big as possible," said Sayler.
With a few more weeks before single-game tickets officially go on sale August 1st, USD staffers plan to continue to promote not only the NDSU game, but the tickets for the rest of their games in 2012 as well.
Howard Wood Field has room for 10,000 fans. When NDSU beat the Minnesota Gophers last season in Minneapolis, roughly 20,000 Bison fans witnessed the victory first hand.