Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department has announced that seats remain available for those Bulldog fans wanting to travel on the team charter plane to FSU's season opener at two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Champion North Dakota State on Sept. 6-7 in Fargo, N.D.
Ferris State's donor/fan travel package, which is an all-inclusive package, is being offered for only $555 per person and includes grand transportation and transfers while in Fargo, round trip air fare, a one-night hotel stay based on double occupancy along with a game ticket.
Those fans traveling with the Bulldogs will be responsible for transportation to the airport and any parking charges in Grand Rapids in addition to providing a credit card to cover any incidentals at the hotel in Fargo.
The tentative itinerary is below and has the Bulldogs scheduled to depart from Gerald R. Ford International Airport at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday with an expected return to Grand Rapids following the game on Saturday night at 11:55 p.m. (ET).
Reservations must be made by this Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. (ET) and can be made by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The trip is non-refundable and payment must be made by credit card only.
Ferris State begins its 105th season of varsity competition by facing orth Dakota State on Sept. 7 at Gate City Bank Field inside the Fargodome. The Bison are the two-time defending FCS National Champions and the preseason number one team in the country. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) and the contest will be televised live by ESPN3.
Besides facing one of the nation's top collegiate football programs, the Bulldogs will also take the field in front of one of college football's most passionate fan bases. More than 100,000 fans a year pass through the Fargodome to watch the Bison, ranking North Dakota State in the top 10 nationally for attendance in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Known as one of the loudest environments to play in college football, the Fargodome crowd routinely goes over 100 decibels. NDSU's home since 1993 has become of the most difficult places in the country for opponents to play and can pack in 19,000 fans for football games. BleacherReport.com named the Fargodome among its top 50 greatest college stadiums in 2011.
Expectations are high at Ferris State in year two under head coach Tony Annese. The Bulldogs posted a 7-4 overall mark in his debut season last fall (2012) and FSU ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in both rushing offense and total offense.
The Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction a year ago, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
Besides putting together an impressive debut season with the Bulldogs, Annese and his staff also inked what is considered to be the nation's top incoming recruiting class in Division II football, according to FootballScoop.com.
Below is the tentative travel itinerary:
Friday, September 6th
4:00PM- Arrive at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI
*you will be responsible for getting yourself to the airport and covering any parking charges
4:30PM Load Plane
5:30PM- Depart for Fargo, North Dakota
6:15PM- Arrive in Fargo, North Dakota
6:45PM- Depart for Hotel, Days Inn, Moorhead, Minnesota *10 miles from Fargo, ND
*you will be responsible for providing the hotel with a credit card to cover any incidentals
7:00PM- Arrive at Days Inn, Moorhead Minnesota
Saturday, September 7th
2:30PM- Load bus at hotel for Fargo Dome
3:00PM- Arrive at Fargo Dome
4:00PM- Kick off- Beat the Bisons!
8:00PM- Depart for airport
8:30PM- Load plane for departure
11:55PM- Arrive in Grand Rapids, MI