North Dakota Football Fans Treated to Six-game Home Package in 2011In its final year of transition toward NCAA Division I status, the University of North Dakota has secured six home games for the 2011 season. This is the first time since the 2005 season that UND fans will have the opportunity to see the Fighting Sioux play in more than five regular season home games at the Alerus Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – In its final year of transition toward NCAA Division I status, the University of North Dakota has secured six home games for the 2011 season. This is the first time since the 2005 season that UND fans will have the opportunity to see the Fighting Sioux play in more than five regular season home games at the Alerus Center.
“We have been able to schedule six home games for the 2011 season,” said UND athletics director Brian Faison. “It has been difficult trying to put together an 11-game schedule when you only have four league games, so we are pleased to bring six games to the Alerus Center.”
The 2011 home slate features four non-conference games, and in the final year as a member of the Great West Conference, UND will play host to two conference opponents, including a season finale clash against longtime rival South Dakota.
“We have a schedule that features two FBS teams that have had recent bowl success and six FCS games, including four games against solid Great West Conference opponents, that gives our program a chance to build momentum heading into the first year of the Big Sky Conference in 2012,” said Faison.
The Sioux will usher in the season at home for the first time in three years as they open the series with the Drake Bulldogs (Pioneer League) on Thursday, Sept. 1. The team will then battle on the road in a pair of games against FBS programs. On Sept. 10, UND will step onto the gridiron to face the Idaho Vandals (WAC) for the second straight year and a week later, the Sioux will go head-to-head against the Fresno State Bulldogs (WAC) for the first time in program history.
On Sept. 24, North Dakota will return home to take on the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets (DII transitional). The following week, the Sioux take to the road once again to open league play against the 2010 GWC champion Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
Before a mid-October bye week, the Fighting Sioux will make their return to the Alerus Center to knock helmets for the first time against the Montana Western Bulldogs (Frontier). On the other side of the break, the Sioux will return to conference play as they celebrate Homecoming 2011 against the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Following a trip to Greeley, Colo., on Oct. 29 to rekindle the series against former North Central Conference foe and future Big Sky opponent the Northern Colorado Bears, UND will seek home field redemption against the current four-time NAIA national champion Sioux Falls Cougars (DII transitional).
UND will close the road schedule on Nov. 12 in Davis, Calif., as it matches up against the UC Davis Aggies.
Both North Dakota and its longest standing active rival the South Dakota Coyotes will cap off the 2011 season and their membership in the Great West Conference as the teams clash on Nov. 19 in the Alerus Center.