GRAND FORKS - The University of North Dakota football team has spent a good portion of fall camp practicing with music blaring, anticipating a loud environment for the season opener at the University of Utah.
The way UND's ticket sales are trending, the Fighting Hawks will need that experience a little more at home in 2017, too.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 23, UND has sold a school-record total of 5,086 season tickets, an increase of 1,187 new season tickets for this year compared to last.
UND says the school's previous largest jump it has on record came in 2012 when the school sold 649 more new season tickets than the season prior.
After UND's season opener Aug. 31 in Salt Lake City, the Fighting Hawks return home for the Alerus Center opener Sept. 9 against future Missouri Valley Conference foe Missouri State.
With school starting at UND this week, the Fighting Hawks practiced in the afternoon Wednesday for the first time in fall camp.
UND started its preparation for the Utes.
"We wanted to introduce Utah and get our work teams organized and get those guys to know what kind of tempo we're looking for," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said.
UND is still experimenting with lineups and featured a number of different players running through drills with the team's top two starting rotations.
"We're working on that," Schweigert said. "We're getting closer to our depth chart-we have to be. We'll have the travel roster ready to go here in a few days."
UND is also anticipating playing in much warmer weather than Grand Forks has seen this August.
Salt Lake City's high temperatures are currently predicted to be in the upper 90s next week at Rice-Eccles Stadium.