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Published September 21, 2013, 08:14 PM

NDSU memorable for GameDay crew

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After all the buildup this week, ESPN's College GameDay finally took the downtown Fargo stage Saturday morning as thousands of fans filled the streets for the three-hour show.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After all the buildup this week, ESPN's College GameDay finally took the downtown Fargo stage Saturday morning as thousands of fans filled the streets for the three-hour show.

It’s hard to believe they played a football game Saturday, too, but the Bison handled Delaware State, 51-0.

After a week of planning, ESPN came to town and showed off Fargo and NDSU never before seen and for the GameDay crew, they say Saturday's stop will be tough to beat.

Lee Fitting- College GameDay Producer: “It exceeded the hype. We knew it was going to be special the moment we decided to come here, but this morning was magical. It was perfect. The weather, the fans, the scene, the intensity, the emotion; it was awesome. It was everything we could have ever dreamed of.”

Gene Taylor- NDSU Athletic Director: “It's hard to describe and sometimes it felt surreal; like a dream, really.”

Phil Hansen- GameDay Guest Picker: “It's a big deal. The people on top of the roof were outstanding.”

Fitting: “To see the people on their balcony's and hanging out of windows and on the roof tops was something we never get to experience and that was part of the charm from doing the show from downtown.”

Taylor: “They came in here with that thought that we are going to make this the best show possible and Thomas and Lee, two top producers, said ‘You know, we don't want to peak in week four, but we are not sure how to get better.’ And I said, ‘You guys are good; I think you can figure something out.’ I'm telling you: They came in here with a plan and it was executed beautifully.”

Hansen: “For NDSU, yes. For Western Minnesota and North Dakota, it was just a fabulous thing to come to this area; something kind of unprecedented. It's never happened before and hopefully it will happen again.”

Fitting: “Of course we will come back. Chris Fowler and I were just talking about how we will make it a yearly stop if everything falls into place. North Dakota State will not fall off our radar. Again, one of our all-time best spots.”

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