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Published October 30, 2011, 09:22 PM

Grand Forks leaders want to draw more students into UND football games

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Grand Forks leaders want to know what they can do to draw more students to UND football games. Not as many students are supporting the team where games are played.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Grand Forks leaders want to know what they can do to draw more students to UND football games. Not as many students are supporting the team where games are played.

The number of UND Students filling seats at home football games at Grand Forks owned Alerus Center is on the decline.

At meeting between the Student Senate and city, Council President Hal Gershman asked why there's a decline and what the city can do to help.

Hal Gershman - GF City Council President: “Well it means a lot the more people you have there the more popcorn and hot dogs your going to sell. It's better for the spirit; it's better for the team, better for the university and consequently better for the city. "

Senators told council members transition time to Division One has hurt attendance. They're hoping that will change.

Brenden Jehlicka - Student Senator: “We don't have a Bison game to look forward to during the year. And has time goes on we have start playing for a championship. You will see our attendance go back up.

Student Body President Kylie Oversen says she's worked with the school Athletic Marketing department to reduce the trend.

Oversen - Student Body President : Amping up the student spirit while you are there.It's the cheers that we are doing. It's the getting the students excited and engaged with the rest of the crowd. "

Oversen says it may be harder UND to get students to games when hockey is the hottest ticket in town.

Oversen : “I think those student are more excited about the hockey game. A lot of student come to UND to watch Sioux Hockey so. It's hard to compete with that."

Gershman says greater attendance numbers will help the Alerus's bottom line. But that might only come after UND re-establishes rivalries in Division one.

Gershman; "That would be a big thing to get things going ago. And hopefully that will eventually work out."

Gershman wants more student input on booking concerts at the Alerus.

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