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Many Bison fans forced to call audible to get to Frisco

Airline cancellations have left fans scrambling to avoid having their plans sacked.

Fans arrive in Frisco
Matt Puetz arrives in Frisco after driving from Bismarck at the last moment after his flight was canceled.
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FRISCO, Texas — For Matt Puetz and his son, Connor, they are glad to finally be at their hotel in Frisco after the two-day trek from Bismarck.

"It wasn't an option," Matt Puetz said. "(I) told my son to grab the bags, throw them in truck and we're gone."

They were on the road 10 minutes after their flight from North Dakota was canceled.

"I'm sure I forgot something but there's a Scheels here," Matt Puetz said.

It's stories like Puetz's that had Skip Espeseth and his wife making decisions like a hurry up offense.


"We have to get to Frisco, there is no ifs, ands or buts about it," said Espeseth.

He and his wife had plane tickets for late Thursday afternoon, Jan. 6, out of Fargo. Unwilling to roll the dice if it would take off — which it did — they hopped in the car and drove for the first time.

"I never want to do it again," Espeseth said.

Bison Nation is doing whatever it takes to get to Frisco to continue a decade of tradition.

"Now it's time to have fun, we will," said Puetz with a laugh.

One hotel across from Toyota Stadium reported three dozen cancellations in two days due to fans unable to make it.

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Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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