FARGO, N.D. - (Valley News Live) Sitting in the stands of the Fargodome on Saturday to watch North Dakota State University’s blowout win were a group of veterans. For the majority of them, this was the first time they saw a Bison’s game.
It was all made possible due to the efforts of Alana Christensen.
On Wednesday, she made a Facebook post asking people to donate their Bison tickets to veterans. By Saturday’s game, Christensen had 141 tickets.
“So many of them have only been to one game in their life. And some of them have never been here, so it’s been pretty heartwarming,” Christensen said.
The gates at the Fargodome opened at 9:30 a.m. for NDSU’s playoff game against Colgate University, which the Bison’s won 35 to 0.
Frank Brda was inside waiting in the East Lobby of the Fargodome a few minutes before people were let to their seats.
Brda served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. His health ailments have him living at the VA hospital in Fargo.
“I love it there,” Brda said.
Yet, Saturday he was able to put aside his health pains and wear a smile.
“I’ve never been to a Bison game and I watch them on TV all the time,” Brda said. “So this is quite an honor. I’m really going to enjoy this today.”
Christensen said she felt inspired to find tickets for veterans after she attended a recent Bison’s game.
During the second quarter, a video montage played on the stadium’s jumbotron honoring veterans. After the video was done, veterans were asked to stand and Christensen said she couldn’t see many.
Another veteran who got a free ticket was Travis Langer.
“I’m really grateful to whoever donated these tickets,” Langer said.
Langer served seven years in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was part of a group of veterans from Project Hart who traveled to the Fargodome.
Project Hart helps homeless veterans get back on their feet.
Langer said he’s had to overcome addiction.
“The message that needs to be out there is that there is help for you guys,” Langer said. “Don’t give up.”
As for Brda, he said he appreciated serving his country and there’s no other country like the United States.