Some Updates

Jeff and I are both bogged down with Fargo Marathon coverage this week, but wanted to give a couple updates on the NDSU front; Jeff has the story running in Wednesday’s paper about NDSU moving forward with a proposal to put a domed roof on Dacotah Field, you can read that here. To get a feeling what Dacotah is going to look like during the winter months, here’s a couple photos from Arizon Structures out of St. Louis, they will be the ones putting up the dome. 

 

 

 

 

 

Many I’m sure saw the Big Sky announce its TV schedule for the fall, some may be wondering about why NDSU’s matchup with Weber State was not selected, Root Sports has an exclusive deal with the conference, so they stay away from non-conference matchups; Jeremy Jorgenson from NDSU Broadcasting tweeted this out today in reference to schedule:

While I know many poke fun of the Big Sky on this blog, there’s nothing to poke fun about their TV package, it’s impressive and to get games on Root Sports, which a good chunk of people have is a good deal.

Lastly, the NDSU softball team opens up the Summit League Tournament on Thursday at 12:30 in Fargo. You could argue that the most dominant team since the D1 transition has been softball, going to the NCAA Tournament four out of five years, just won a third straight Summit League regular season title. Darren Mueller has done a fantastic job with this team and you wonder how much longer he’ll be here, he’s had chances at Minnesota and Wisconsin and decided to stay in Fargo. The Bison will get a big challenge from Fort Wayne, who beat NDSU in Fargo in the title game last year and took two of three earlier this year in Fargo. We’ll have you covered as the tourney progresses. We’ll also be on coverage of the NFL Draft, plenty of possibilities for potential picks for Billy Turner, Marcus Williams and Brock Jensen, we’ll see what happens should be fun.

24 thoughts on “Some Updates

  1. Direct tv gives its customers the Big Sky package for free, so that is approximately 25 million households that can see Big Sky games. That is nothing to sneeze at, any FCS conference in the country would kill for that opportunity. They show around 2 games on Saturdays, one afternoon and one night.

    • That Root Sports TV contract is a good deal if you are Montana, Eastern Washington, or Portland State or if you have no other TV deal, but if your team doesn’t ever get on the schedule, it’s like you are being viewed as second class in your own conference.

  2. Glad that NDSU is finally getting on board with a bubble facilty.

    St. Cloud State has had one for ten years, so it’s good that NDSU is only a decade behind its peer institution. Oh wait…

    Meanwhile, UND and SDSU are building real indoor facilities. USD and UNI will probably have them too.

    • I hear ya. How can NDSU be expected to compete for recruits or win consistently at the FCS level without an indoor facility? Oh wait…

    • I will take NDSU’s entire package of facilities against any of those schools. Those other schools are working hard to catch up however.

      • I agree there with the exception of what SDSU is building. Their new indoor facility plus the renovated Coughlin is going to give them something that will compete with NDSU facilities wise. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned but I’d prefer a nice outdoor open air stadium over any dome.

        • Sure you would……..you along with the other 3000 fans in attendance.

        • When the facilities are done the Bison will have the best football facility, the Fargodome. They will have the best basketball facility, the Scheels Center. They have a new indoor track facility and the SHAC will have two new basketball courts for practice, new locker rooms for all sports teams. They will have a brand new weight room and Sanford Health training center. They will have the Bubble over Dakota field which is also the soccer field. Remember they also have three practice fields for football and one of them has the identical turf that is in the Fargodome. NDSU also has the nicest Volleyball facility. Most mid major school use their basketball arena for volleyball where as the Bison have Bentson-Bunker for volleyball.

        • When the facilities are done the Bison will have the best football facility, the Fargodome. They will have the best basketball facility, the Scheels Center. They have a new indoor track facility and the SHAC will have two new basketball courts for practice, new locker rooms for all sports teams. They will have a brand new weight room and Sanford Health training center. They will have the Bubble over Dakota field which is also the soccer field. Remember they also have three practice fields for football and one of them has the identical turf that is in the Fargodome. NDSU also has the nicest Volleyball facility. Most mid major school use their basketball arena for volleyball where as the Bison have Bentson-Bunker for volleyball.

        • But do you prefer that outdoor stadium in December when it is 10 degrees and snowing with a 30 mph NW wind? I bet not and neither do the 18,000 SDSU fans who are expected to fill that place on game day. The Fargodome is the premier game day football facility in FCS and that is a fact. no matter how much you hate

          • Last I checked the Bison won plenty of national titles when they were at Dacotah. Winning brings fans. When the Bison lost (2008-09) that place was a dump when empty. When it’s full it has atmosphere. But in general, domes/indoor stadiums suck.

  3. What is the difference between a bubble facility and an indoor practice facility? Nothing, considering the purpose of each is to have an indoor facility to practice in during inclement weather. Both accomplish that goal, whether it is a temporary or permanent building.

  4. So are they basically looking to have indoor during the winter and then tear it down after spring camp for outdoor summer and fall?

    • Yes. Why would you want to be inside when the weather is nice and all of the sports are outdoors?

  5. I assume the soccer team will play all their games outside and then after that season is over they will put up the bubble. I actually like the bubble over indoor practice facility it gives more flexibility for teams to play outdoors or indoors. I am kind of surprised it is not going over the fargodome football turf field south of BSA.

  6. NDSU plays on Field Turf in the FargoDome and has two practice fields that are Field Turf. They will now have a indoor practice facility over one of the fields in the winter.

    NDSU also has a $5 million indoor track facility that is a part of what those other schools are trying to build.

    SDSU doesn’t even have a Field Turf playing field. They have the worst field in the MVFC.

  7. Fox Sports North is more impressive than Roots and for in state people statewide NBC is the best. Roots is a channel nobody has heard of kind of like the underwater welding network. If I was ndsu I would want to get a deal with fsnn. Last year was a start

    • Do you actually think that more people would end up watching NDSU on FSN than ND ABC. NBC, or CBS? Switch to FSN and you’d see television ratings go way down.

      Be interesting to compare NDSU football ratings to the highest rated stuff FSN has on Saturday afternoons.