FARGO, N.D. (GoBison.com) – A matchup between two perennial powers in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on the opening weekend of the 2023 college football season.
North Dakota State and Eastern Washington have signed a one-game contract to play Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings and site of Super Bowl LII (2018) and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
NDSU has nearly 15,000 alumni in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and 26,000 across the state of Minnesota. The Bison drew 34,544 fans to the 2019 season opener against Butler at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
North Dakota State, winner of eight NCAA national championships over the past 10 seasons, has a 4-1 record against Eastern Washington including a 42-20 victory in the first round of the 2020-21 FCS playoffs. The teams have met three times in the postseason with NDSU winning the 2018 national championship 38-24 and EWU winning a 38-31 overtime thriller in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals en route to a national title.
Ticket information for the 2023 game at U.S. Bank Stadium is not yet available. The Eastern Washington game will be in addition to NDSU’s six home games scheduled at the Fargodome against Maine, Central Arkansas, Western Illinois, South Dakota, Indiana State and Southern Illinois.