If you don't have a ticket for this Saturday's UND-North Dakota State football game yet, you might have to pay a hefty price on a secondary market.
The UND-NDSU game, the first in Grand Forks since 2003, is sold out and has been for roughly a couple of weeks, UND associate athletic director Kyle Doperalski said.
"When an opponent like North Dakota State comes for the first time in 18 years, it's something our fans have been talking about for a long time," Doperalski said. "Ever since we got into the (Missouri Valley Football Conference), people have been circling this date. This game is a sell out, and I don't think anyone is surprised."
On secondary ticket markets, such as SeatGeek and StubHub, most tickets are going for more than $100, which is more than double and, in some cases, triple the original value.
The 2 p.m. game at the Alerus Center will be televised on WDAY-TV. The Fighting Hawks are ranked No. 10 in the FCS Top 25, while the Bison are No. 5 in the national poll.
"This is kind of what you dream of," UND nose guard Jalen Morrison said. "Going out there to a full crowd in a rivalry game. I think it's exciting for all of us. It's a great opportunity to go out there and show what we got and defend our territory."
UND has won 12 straight in the Alerus. The last time UND lost at home was a 35-30 setback to Weber State on Oct. 27, 2018. Weber State was ranked No. 4 in the country at the time of the matchup.
The Alerus Center is officially a 12,283-seat venue, although actual attendance can tick beyond that figure.
The last two games with at least 12,000 fans were matchups early in the 2017 season, a year which followed the Fighting Hawks run to a Big Sky Conference championship. UND saw 12,057 fans against Missouri State on Sept. 9, then drew 12,342 on Sept. 23 against Montana State.
The only time in the Alerus history UND has announced more than 13,000 fans was the first season of the building in UND's national championship Division II season in 2001. UND drew 13,500 against North Dakota State in 2001.
The last time the Bison were in Grand Forks in 2003 UND saw 12,267 fans.
Attendance for the 2021 spring season was impacted by COVID-19 protocols. UND averaged 3,345 fans in those four home games, as the school limited attendance to 4,000 fans.
This fall, with capacity unlimited, UND drew 10,143 to its home opener Sept. 18 against Drake, a 38-0 Fighting Hawks victory in the Potato Bowl.
"In the spring, with it only a third full, it was a pretty electric atmosphere," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "I would expect it to be pretty full of energy. We think it's difficult to play in those atmospheres. We want it electric, and we want our fans and supporters to enjoy this atmosphere with us. Our fans were excited about our home opener. Our team has to be able to handle it. None of our guys have experienced having that game in Grand Forks. It has been 18 years, so they weren't very old last time they were here. I remember, and I was part of that. It's an electric atmosphere and really fun to be part of it."