Winner: Best Sporting Event 2017
Winner: Bison Football
Location: Fargodome, 1800 N. University Dr., Fargo
Do you see Bison football games as more than a sporting event?
"Without question," said NDSU assistant director of athletics for marketing and fan engagement Justin Swanson. "The camaraderie, the families and friends that gather together every Saturday, and the fellowship and fun had by so many makes Bison Football much more than a sporting event. It's almost like a weekly family reunion."
What makes NDSU football so popular?
"We have a blue collar mentality and work ethic that mirrors the people in this city, state, and region," Swanson said. "Our student-athletes and coaches are so hard working, accessible and kind that people relate to that. It's easy to cheer for those kind of people."
Are there things you still want to do/can do to enhance the entertainment value?
"We're always looking at how we can improve our product," said Swanson. "You have to be proactive rather than reactive. If you're waiting to be reactive, at some point you're going to fall behind and our student-athletes and fans deserve better than that."
Second Place: Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Third Place: UND Hockey