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Published August 01, 2013, 02:29 PM

UND Football Coaches, Players Deliver Season Tickets

In a promotion called "30 minutes or less," the North Dakota football team saw its coaches and players hand-deliver season tickets to fans in greater Grand Forks.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

Tabbed as "30 minutes or less," the promotion is simple.

But this isn't pizza delivery.

Chris Mussman, University of North Dakota football coach, "I delivered pizzas back in high school as a kid and it's a personal challenge for me, I'll find your house no matter how difficult it is and what court it's on, I'll find it."

Coach Mussman along with other coaches and players from the UND football team took to the streets of greater Grand Forks to personally hand out season tickets.

Dexter Albrecht, UND's Director of Ticket Sales and Promotions, "I thought it would be a fun way to get the word out about our football tickets and we're already over last year's sales so I thought it would be a fun add on, get our players and coaches out in the community and do something fun for our fans."

Here’s how it worked: Fans called the box office to order the tickets. Those tickets were than rushed to the fan and if they weren’t delivered in less than a half hour, you guessed it, they were free.

Josh Kotelnicki, UND defensive coordinator, "A lot of our fans, especially our long time fans will enjoy getting the chance to meet one of the coaches or one of our players and put a face with the name."

Greg Hardin, UND senior wide receiver, "The experience to meet some of the fans that come out and support us is a great opportunity for us to show that we care about our fans as well."

And although the promotion didn’t seem to be a challenge for some, the 2013 home schedule will be.

Kotlenicki, "We have a tough schedule this year, it's one of the toughest in the FCS and for our fans, most of those tough games are at home."

The overall goal of the promotion is to get people in the seats.

Hardin, "It's real important. We feed off the fans. When the Alerus is packed, it gets real loud in there."