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Grand Forks prepares for renewal of UND-NDSU rivalry

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Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - Did you know there's a football game tomorrow? It's been impossible to escape the hype surrounding the first UND-NDSU football game since 2003.

Sadie Hillis/UND Alum: “They'll be lots of green. Lots of green.”

Grand Forks is getting ready to cheer on UND as they try to beat the Bison. For fans who couldn't score a ticket, Ground Round is setting up an outdoor party.       

Mathew Walkowiak/Owner, Ground Round: “Like to see a few hundred more people out here. If there's more, that's great.”

Most of the employees at Ground Round are UND students and alum. It's clear who they're rooting for.

Sarah Burke/Incoming UND Student: “I've always been a Sioux fan. And anyone who plays against the Bison, we're good to go.”

Chislaine Weisz/UND Student: “I'm so excited. Sioux are gonna win. May be a little fighting, a little screaming.”

Although the two teams haven't played each other in years, UND students in alumni say they expect the atmosphere this weekend to be just as intense as it was when the rivalry went dormant a decade ago.

Hillis says, “I think it will definitely be back tomorrow. A lot of our alum are super excited for this rivalry to return.”

The two teams aren't scheduled to play again until 2019, but fans are hoping the rivalry can be resurrected every year.

Walkowiak says, “With everything that I've seen going on this week and all of the chatter around town I think it's very strong. I think people are really looking forward to it. I think it's something that hopefully we can get going again more often.”

As for the game itself, locals say UND should give the four time defending champs a run for their money.

Walkowiak says, “Not sure on the score, but I'm gonna go with North Dakota.”

Hillis adds, “I think it could be really close, or it could be an unfortunate blowout, but I think UND is definitely up for the challenge.”

Weisz predicts 28-12, UND.

The university is hosting its own watch party Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union Loading Dock.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.