Frisco businesses all smiles with NDSU's return to FCS Championship Game
Extreme south Fargo is back in business again.
Thousands from the Red River Valley are in Frisco, Texas already whooping it up surrounding Saturday's Championship game between NDSU and James Madison.
After five straight title games for the Bison, the green and yellow were absent from the FCS Championship last year. Their return has fans excited and Frisco businesses smiling again.
The Bison's return means big bucks to the local economy, with an expected boost of $7 million for the week. The Marriot Legacy in Plano, Texas says they've been preparing for the fans' return.
"It was really a shock to us too. It was so strange, because usually this weekend we're ready for North Dakota State and all its fans to come through. And our hotel was just dead last night. It was so quiet it was like a ghost town. So we're really excited to have the lively bunch back," said Rachel Hyde the The Marriot Legacy's Assistant Service Manager.
The hotel has more than 400 rooms, and hotel management said that more than 90 percent of those rooms were booked by Bison fans.
"They're fun to be around. They're not too rowdy, they take care of us too, and you can actually talk to them when they come back at 2 a.m. in the morning," said Valet Supervisor Marcus Davis.
In years past there has been a great turnout, so much so that the fans almost eat and drink the hotel out of stock.
"That's definitely true. We have to stock up on all of our wonderful domestic beer. Sometimes you'll see us having to make runs to stores to refresh ourselves where people go out to the Pep Fest, but we love it. We're ready ... we hope," said Hyde.
The same approach is taken by many businesses offering rooms, food, and drinks.
On another note, we were told Thursday that the tailgate lot at Toyota Stadium wouldn't be opening until 5:30 a.m. Saturday. That's later than in years past, but security officials say that everyone will be able to make it in on time. They say the delay is due to the extra cost of security.