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ESPN & NDSU Stand By GameDay Location

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It's one of the biggest events to come to North Dakota athletics, but many NDSU Bison fans still aren't happy. ESPN College GameDay will be broadcasting their three-hour show live from downtown Fargo, in front of the Fargo theater, on Saturday. But, with about two million people watching, many bison fans say the Fargodome would be the best place to get a feel for Bison Nation.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman went looking for answers why ESPN went the other way.

"I mean, this is the equivalent for some people saying this is like a super bowl type atmosphere, in many respect," Tim Flakoll, Director of Operations for NDSU Downtown, said.

As Bison Nation prepares to welcome ESPN, much of the herd is wondering if a stampede of green and gold will ever reach the downtown set.

The ESPN College GameDay Facebook page is overwhelmed with comments from fans saying, "downtown Fargo is a terrible place to host it," and "worst decision ever."

But, the fans walking these streets say it sets the stage for our community.

"I think downtown is so visual; and really, a lot of the excitement of the Fargodome comes from within the building, not always the exterior," Flakoll said.

After all, four thousand NDSU students and faculty live, play and work down here.

"I think it should be downtown, because the dome only kind of encapsulates over by the dome. Downtown, everybody goes," Scott Tostenrud, of Fargo, said.

It's the same reason Gene Taylor, NDSU Athletic Director, says the network made the decision.

"They're really working hard to get away from the standard stadium site that they've had for years. They're looking for unique locations," Taylor said.

The ESPN crew will also be shooting from locations all around town.

"They're going to have multiple cuts, whether that be downtown, at the Fargodome, tailgating, the main campus... So, really, it will be neat to see it as the complete package," Flakoll said.

So, there won't be any doubt when millions tune in that Bison Nation is all around you.

ESPN and NDSU are standing by the decision. Over the next few days this week, you can expect to hear a lot more about this around town. ESPN will be sending out information for all fans to get to the set on time.

NDSU is working to coordinate shuttles for fans to get to the Fargodome after the broadcast.

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