Another national championship for North Dakota State football could mean another “College GameDay” visit for Fargo.
Lee Fitting, producer of ESPN’s “College GameDay” program, tweeted early Sunday about NDSU’s five-time success in Frisco, Texas.
“How bout ‘dem @NDSUAthletics. Bizon, again. I say nothing. @CollegeGameDay to Fargo in ’16,” Fitting tweeted.
The tweet garnered over 350 retweets and 500 likes on Twitter.
Fitting’s tweet comes after “GameDay” visits in 2013 and 2014 to downtown Fargo. The pregame program broadcast live from near the Fargo Theatre, attracting thousands of Bison fans to the downtown scene.
ESPN visited again Oct. 8-10 with its “SportsCenter on the Road” broadcast from the Fargodome for NDSU’s homecoming game against the University of Northern Iowa.
The “SportsCenter” visit came after speculation on social media and sports blogs that “GameDay” would return to Fargo for a third consecutive year.
A tweet by Fitting last fall confirmed Fargo was on “GameDay’s” “potential site list several weeks in fall.”
A Vine video of Corso the live bison mascot in front of the Fargo Theatre with his namesake, “GameDay” cohost Lee Corso, also made the rounds of social media last fall. NDSU President Dean Bresciani said he was “confident” “College GameDay” would return to Fargo. Instead, “SportsCenter on the Road” came to town for three days on the NDSU scene.
Over 1,000 fans turned out for the 6-8 a.m. broadcast from the Fargodome’s Gate City Bank Field.
No date has been confirmed for a “College GameDay” visit in fall 2016, and the show has not tweeted about a return.
Ryan Perreault, NDSU athletic communications director, said in an email that NDSU Athletics has only heard about Fitting’s tweet and nothing else about a 2016 “GameDay” visit.
“College GameDay” did retweet an NDSU Football quote tweet of FCS Football’s Vine video of Corso the bison sniffing and pawing at his feed bowl Saturday.
NDSU’s 2016 football season is scheduled to be begin Sept. 9.