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Mark Edwards | The Anniston Star | January 6, 2016

North Dakota State football: Frisco, Texas, is NDSU's second home

  NDSU has won for straight FCS championships in Frisco, Texas.

North Dakota State's football fans might consider Frisco, Texas, as their home away from home and with good reason.

The Bison have won the last four national titles in the city that's located in the north suburbs of Dallas.

They tend to travel to Texas in droves, but as NDSU coach Chris Klieman said, they do that no matter where the game is.

"Well, North Dakota State football is unbelievable up here in this area," he said. "We don't have a professional team in the state. So our state, our region kind of gravitates toward North Dakota State football. You see our tailgate lots, you see our game day atmosphere, it's dynamite."

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North Dakota State averaged 18,497 a home game, which ranks seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision. That's a tad below the 18,622 the team drew last year.

However, NDSU's home field, the Fargodome, holds only 19,000.

Toyota Stadium, which will host the FCS championship game Saturday between Jacksonville State (13-1) and North Dakota State (12-2), holds 20,500, and the game is expected to be a sellout.

"Our fans, I just can't say enough about them, Bison Nation follows us wherever we go," Klieman said. "Doesn't matter if we're going to Western Illinois, or South Dakota State to play a game or playing at home or like we've been able to do, go to Frisco.

"It is so neat knowing you're going to have upwards of 20,000 people traveling down to see you. Whether or not they get in the game or not, who knows, but I know they're all going to be down there."

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Klieman said it helps his players to have such a fan presence in Frisco.

"For our guys, I think that's a comforting factor knowing that we're going to walk out and see a sea of green, a sea of gold out there in that stadium," said Klieman, who was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach before the 2014 season. "I'm so blessed. I'm so fortunate to be the head coach here.

"That's part of the reason that I wanted to stay. I think it's one of the best jobs in FCS, and the biggest reason it is because of our great support not only from our administration but the fans in our community."

This article was written by Mark Edwards from The Anniston Star and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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