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Published January 17, 2012, 10:09 PM

UND welcome Bison Fans for the First Time in 8 Years

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - UND and NDSU fans flooded the Ralph tonight for one of the biggest games of the year.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - UND and NDSU fans flooded the Ralph tonight for one of the biggest games of the year.

This is the first time in eight years the Bison have come to the Ralph to play UND.

Not only is it one of the biggest games some of these players have ever played, but its one of the first without the logo and nickname.

"Oh it's a big, big game for both teams actually and last year they played in Fargo which was huge, and NDSU won but I think UND has something to prove this year," Bryce Frydenlund, a UND fan.

Proving they're the same team without the "Fighting Sioux" logo and nickname. Even Bison fans say 80 years of history can't change over a team name.

"I really don't think though, the changing of the name is going to make a big difference in a university with such strong traditions as UND has," said Michael Burns, a NDSU fan.

"I think they should play for it (nickname & logo) and it should be a pretty intense game," said Nathan Zelinski, a UND fan.

Tradition and school pride is what keeps these fans cheering for the Sioux.

"Important for the tradition of North Dakota, I think the biggest rivalry in the state is the Bison its just kind of re-igniting the rivalry as you can see a lot of people are coming up here, it makes it exciting as students to come to a game again," said Steve & Cade, both UND students.

Students say they're pumped for the game, but a little nervous. Stakes are high for bragging rights.

"I'm expecting NDSU to blow them out of the water," said Burns.

"There's really only one school in North Dakota that counts and that's UND," said Billy Korol, a UND fan.

"We've got friends from Fargo that are coming so its going to be quite an intense game, we're going to be sitting right next to each other and kind of cheering against each other," said Zelinski.

UND ended up winning a hard fought game.

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