North Dakota Fighting Hawks Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division II FCS

Head Coach: Bubba Schweigert

Team Mascot: The Fighting Hawk

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 12283

City / State: Grand Forks / North Dakota

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Nickel Trophy

Rival Team: North Dakota State Bison

The rivalry between North Dakota and North Dakota State dates back to 1894 and is always one of the Fighting Hawks biggest games of the year when it's played. The winner of the rivalry game takes home not only bragging rights but also the Nickel Trophy giving the game extra importance. The rivalry is currently only played sporadically because the two teams are in different conferences. However, the rivalry is expected to be re-established as an annual contest in 2019. You won’t want to miss it when the UND-NDSU rivalry starts up against, so make sure to get tickets to the next matchup between these two longtime rivals.

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Sitting Bull Trophy

Rival Team: South Dakota Coyotes

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and South Dakota Coyotes play for the Sitting Bull Trophy when they square off on the gridiron. The rivalry dates back to 1903, and it was an annual contest from 1919 to 2007. While the rivalry may no longer take place every year, you still want to be in attendance when the Fighting Hawks and Coyotes battle it out for the Sitting Bull Trophy.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks Tailgate Guide


UND has a fantastic tailgating scene for a school that moved up to the FCS less than a decade ago, and as a result, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to tailgate with Fighting Hawks fans before the game. Outside the Alerus Center, you’ll find UND fans packing the parking lot five hours before kickoff in preparation for the game. You won’t want to miss out on tailgating before a Fighting Hawks game, so make sure to arrive here early and join in the fun.

One of the best places to hang out before the game is the North Dakota Tailgate Village. At the Tailgate Village, you’ll find live music, kids games and activities, food for sale, and much more. The Tailgate Village features a fun atmosphere making it a must before every Fighting Hawks.

Finally, UND students will also have a fantastic time tailgating before a game due to the presence of the student tailgating lot. The student tailgating lot is free for all students and is the perfect place to grill out and throw back a few brews with your fellow students before the game.

The tailgating scene outside the Alerus Center is among the best in the Big Sky Conference, so get here early and enjoy all the sights and sounds of a UND tailgate.


Team Walk

Catch a glimpse of your favorite Fighting Hawks players as they walk through the tailgate to the Alerus Center. The team walk is an excellent way to show your support for the team and give them some last minute inspiration before the game.

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Jr. Champions KidZone

Those of you taking the kids to the game will want to stop by the Jr. Champions KidZone before the game. The KidZone features lots of activities and inflatables making it a great place to entertain the kids before the game.

Where to tailgate

North Dakota Fighting Hawks Stadium Guide

In Game

The hockey team may be the pride and joy of UND, but on Saturdays, in the fall you’ll find fantastic support for the Fighting Hawks football team. Fans from all over the area come out to support the team and thanks to the team’s dome stadium you won’t have to worry about braving the cold late in the season. There isn’t a bad time to come to a Fighting Hawks game making every UND football game a must-see for fans, alumni, and students.

The fan support isn’t’ the only notable thing about attending a Fighting Hawks football game. The team itself isn’t too shabby, having finished number 12 in the country last season, and the band and spirit squads put on a fantastic show throughout the game. The Pride of the North marching band is an especially notable part of the game as they create a lot of the noise and atmosphere inside the Alerus Center on game days.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to take in a Fighting Hawks game at the Alerus Center, so start planning your trip to Grand Forks today.

Things to check out


Hanging from the stands are banners celebrating UND’s many football conference championship banners. The banners are a fun way to remember all of the best Fighting Hawks teams over the years, so take them all in during your trip to Grand Forks.

Pride of the North

The Pride of the North marching band is a big part of Fighting Hawk football games. The band puts on fantastic pregame and halftime shows and all throughout the game they’ll keep the energy inside the Alerus Center at a fever pitch with their tunes.

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UND Cheer Team

Join the UND cheer team as they cheer the Fighting Hawks on to victory. The cheer team keeps the fans in the game with their routines, so join in the cheers and chants to help aid the Fighting Hawks to victory.

UND Dance Team

The UND dance team will keep you entertained throughout the game with their incredible routines. The dance team puts on a great show, so don’t leave your seat when you see them take the field.

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Fight Songs

  1. U-N-D

    Formerly “Fight on Sioux




  2. It’s For You, North Dakota U

    It’s for you, North Dakota U
    That we sing our sons and daughters true
    Cheering our comrades to victory
    Renewing allegiance to U-N-D
    Your honor we uphold in every conquest
    As your children aye shall do
    And when you hear that cry of odz-zod-zi
    It’s for you North Dakota U!

  3. Stand Up and Cheer

    Stand up and cheer;
    stand up and cheer for North Dakota!
    Pledge your loyalty
    for she’s your Alma Mater true!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!

    Our teams are fighting,
    and we are here to see them through!
    We’ve got the team. Rah! Rah!
    We’ve got the steam. Rah! Rah!
    So North Dakota here’s to you!

  4. Alma Mater

    Hail to thee, O Alma Mater,
    Hail to thee with heart and tongue,
    Pride we feel and love yet greater,
    While we raise our grateful song.
    Home of lofty thought and learning
    Beacon o’er our western land,
    Shrine wence still the ever burning
    Torch is passed from hand to hand.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks Bars & Restaurants

  1. JL Beers


    Straightforward bar featuring a wealth of TVs showing sports, a burgers-&-wings menu & billiards.

    2531 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Shotgun Sally’s Rock and Roll Saloon


    Take one part energy, sprinkle in a bit of attitude and finish with a heaping portion of entertainment and you have the recipe for the unforgettable experience that is Shotgun Sally's Rock and Roll Saloon.

    2015 Library Cir, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon

    Owlz Pub Sand Trap Scorpions Bar Grill

    Enforcing the Rules of Good Times, Cold Beer and Great Food.

    1405 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Rhombus Guys


    We specialize in great pizza, but we are also known for a good selection of beer.

    116 S 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. Deek’s Pizza


    "Great Pizza That Won't Empty Your Pockets"

    512 N Washington St, Grand Forks, ND 58203, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  6. Red Pepper

    Red Pepper

    Our food is simple, yet so very satisfying. Whether it’s our fresh, local ingredients or our homemade sauces, you’ll be hooked after your first bite.

    1011 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58203, USA

    Bar website

    american - mexican - $

  7. Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews

    burger fries

    Sickies Garage offers a wild variety of freshly made extreme burger creations and craft beer pairings.

    3431 Fiechtner Dr S, Fargo, ND 58103, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Paradiso Mexican Restaurant

    Paradiso Mexican Restaurant

    Delicious Mexican cuisine and an atmosphere that provides a fun dining experience.

    905 S Washington St, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$