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Published March 27, 2011, 09:29 PM

Viewing Party Brings Midwest Region Championship to Nearly 2,000 Fighting Sioux Fans

Nearly 2,000 hockey fans made it look like the Midwest Region Championship men's hockey game was in Grand Forks. Fans of the Fighting Sioux filled the Ralph Engelstad Arena, even though the game was in Green Bay.

Nearly 2,000 hockey fans made it look like the Midwest Region Championship men's hockey game was in Grand Forks.

Fans of the Fighting Sioux filled the Ralph Engelstad Arena, even though the game was in Green Bay.

The ice may be empty, but the seats were full of Fighting Sioux Fans taking advantage of a free viewing party at the Ralph.

"This is where it started, here at the Ralph and this is where it should finish," said Russ Schmidt.

Though the game is not finishing on the ice, but rather up on the four big screens. Fans watched the game and cheered on The Fighting Sioux take a six to one victory over Denver.

"I'm sure we'll do some tailgating or something about it," said Elaine Bonovsky about her plans to celebrate.

Officials at the Ralph said they knew watching here on the big screen with a few thousand other fans is much better than just watching it at home.

"We know not every Fighting Sioux fan would have access to watch the game at home," said Director of Events Chris Semrau.

If you measure the crowd loud cheers from everyone, you would not be able to tell they are not actually watching the game live.

"It's fun to see people get excited and spend the day with their families," said Semrau.

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