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Published December 14, 2012, 05:45 PM

Tailgating is a way of life for those outside of the Dome

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- No one could have imagined just how big tailgating would become outside the dome. But it has grown into social phenomena that is now just part of "going to the game."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- No one could have imagined just how big tailgating would become outside the dome. But it has grown into social phenomena that is now just part of "going to the game."

In a biting wind tonight, hundreds have fired up grills and portable heaters as part of the pre-game celebration. But for one group of Tailgators, its their sons who have brought them together.

Smack dab in the middle of waving green and yellow flags, and plasma screen tv's, you can find a tentful of proud parents. For the last two years, this group has formed a popular mid-life fraternity of friends. They are parents of Bison football players. Many from the class of 2010.

Trudy and Randy Smith come to watch number 4. Their son Ryan. But before gametime, they share pregame jitters with other moms and dads.

Lynette and Gary Beck travel all the way from Munich, North Dakota. In fact half the town usually shows up to see their son Travis play. Tailgating for the Becks is a way of life for the Bison Player parents.

Two years ago, these parents arrived at a Bison opener, strangers. Now they travel together to all games, share holidays with each other, summer weekends and more.

Today's special, Chili and Soup. It was that kind of day. And a good way to celebrate Bison Success. Proud moms and dads, who have discovered there is life after raising a houseful of kids.

And one thing nearly all of the parents here share. Their sons are usually the youngest. And that means as empty nesters, most will likely continue to come to Bison games even after their player is done.

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