FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision champions sold out their season Thursday morning in about the time it takes to play two quarters.
A majority of the 7,500 remaining single-game tickets were sold online, but North Dakota State University athletic director Gene Taylor said some fans started lining up at 5 a.m., three hours before the ticket window opened on campus. The last ticket was sold at about 9:30 a.m.
"You know it was pretty calm and relaxed," Taylor said. "It was a fairly long line. The good news is that I think everybody who was in line walked out with a ticket. Not sure if it was the one they wanted."
NDSU had previously sold 12,000-plus season tickets for the 2013 season. The school sets aside 4,000 tickets each game for students. The team's indoor stadium, the Fargodome, holds about 19,000 fans.
Mike Kern, associate commissioner of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, said NDSU's fan support "is second to none" in the FCS.
"We have some impressive venues in this league and elsewhere at other FCS powerhouses, so saying that they are at the head of the class means a lot," Kern said. "I'm not surprised that the season is already sold out. People in Fargo have a lot to look forward to."
The Bison return 18 starters from a team that went 14-1 and rolled over Sam Houston State in the championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in January. Coach Craig Bohl's team is the unanimous pick to repeat as Missouri Valley Football Conference champions in a poll of coaches and media members.
"Certainly a lot can be attributed to the success of the team on the field, but Gene Taylor and his staff have done a lot of work behind the scenes at cultivating and building what's happened there," Kern said.