NDSU Ranks Highly in Best Tailgating Scene

Tailgating in the Fargodome’s west parking lots ranked nationally in a listing of atmospheres by
Tailgater Magazine.

North Dakota State has another nationwide acknowledgment, but this time because of parking lot shenanigans.

Tailgater Magazine named NDSU to have the 14th best tailgating atmosphere in America, ahead of Clemson University and Arizona State, as well as other prominent colleges and universities.

“You won’t find deer, buffalo or moose anywhere else on this list, but it’s typical amongst the Bison, and getting a good BBQ pit going is a must,” the online article said.

“NDSU plays in a dome for a reason,” the article said. “Fans can access the tailgate lots five hours prior to kickoff, and they’re guaranteed to fill up whether it’s 70 degrees or 20 below zero. That’s dedication. With a solid fan base, championship-level football and a real life game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ being played as the games rage on, the Bison may have designs on a top 10 spot very soon.”

The NDSU tailgating parking lots west of the Fargodome is home for vehicles including expensive motor homes, cars and school buses with grills installed in the back.

Fargo city commissioner Dave Piepkorn, a longtime tailgater and former NDSU football player, said it’s “fantastic” that NDSU was named to the Top 25 College Tailgating list.

“People that aren’t big sports fans still enjoy visiting and being part of the scene,” he said.

Tailgater continued, “Their recent successes even brought ‘College GameDay’ to Fargo, but their bright future ensures NDSU won’t be just another blip on the national radar. Head coach Chris Klieman just signed through 2021 so the Bison aren’t going anywhere.

“The Fargodome isn’t your typical game day setting either, but the design makes the dome one of the most raucous stadiums out there. While 100,000 seats looks good, 19,000 Bison fans still make for an intimidating 12th man. Just asked the last 20-plus opponents who left Fargo with another notch in the loss column.”

Piepkorn said that the tailgating experience at NDSU has changed from years in the past.

“The size of the crowd, about half don’t go to the game,” Piepkorn said. “(And) the variety of rigs.”

Tailgater named top five best tailgating schools as Ohio State University, University of Mississippi, University of Wisconsin, Louisiana State University and University of Oregon.

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