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Offering all UND's sports and more, having an elitist MSP attitude, would the UST-UND rivalry exceed all others?  Like little Gophers in all sports,

If the build a new arena on campus, if they get in the NCHC with that arena, and getting a DI waiver from the NCAA which appear to be likely now to me.

In addition. their use of Allianz Field for fb could be huge.

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1 hour ago, SiouxVolley said:

Offering all UND's sports and more, having an elitist MSP attitude, would the UST-UND rivalry exceed all others?  Like little Gophers in all sports,

If the build a new arena on campus, if they get in the NCHC with that arena, and getting a DI waiver from the NCAA which appear to be likely now to me.

In addition. their use of Allianz Field for fb could be huge.

Maybe on par with Denver...if they become competitive in hockey.  Dakota schools will be ahead of them, followed by Denver and Omaha,  And then you could throw St. Thomas in there.

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1 hour ago, BarnWinterSportsEngelstad said:

Not even close.

So much history with MN in hockey
The same with the other 3 Dakota schools in other sports.

St Thomas becomes a son of a Gopher, or in the same elitist neighborhood, which is why I asked.  No longer play Gophers in conference.

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26 minutes ago, SiouxVolley said:

St Thomas becomes a son of a Gopher, or in the same elitist neighborhood, which is why I asked.  No longer play Gophers in conference.

Every game we still play with the Goofs is a magnet to the fans. Don't those games have the highest price college hockey tickets in the country, no matter where they play?

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9 minutes ago, BarnWinterSportsEngelstad said:

Every game we still play with the Goofs is a magnet to the fans. Don't those games have the highest price college hockey tickets in the country, no matter where they play?

True.  But UST can rent XCel Center when we play there and it would sell out.

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3 minutes ago, SiouxVolley said:

True.  But UST can rent XCel Center when we play there and it would sell out.

Many UND fans in the Twin Cities metro would attend, along with UST fans. 
That all helps UST ticket sales, how does that help us? 
Games at The Ralph with UST would not compare with the Goofs as far as that magnet goes.
 

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3 hours ago, BarnWinterSportsEngelstad said:

Many UND fans in the Twin Cities metro would attend, along with UST fans. 
That all helps UST ticket sales, how does that help us? 
Games at The Ralph with UST would not compare with the Goofs as far as that magnet goes.
 

Anytime, fans attend UND games, even away, that helps because they will  more likely travel.

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Reading back on some of the old comments, it looks like what is primarily being discussed in monetary between UND and St Thomas. 

If UND goes to play St Thomas at the X, St Thomas would reap the financial benefits; good for them. You never know what is going to happen in a series that will create a rivalry. Fight, dirty plays, a close loss. 

Way way back in the day a Gopher loss to a Wisconsin club team is what started that rivalry. And for anyone who remembers the Robbie Bina CFB, that really triggered everything that became the UND/DU rivalry, followed by some great hockey games, and some epic playoff games. Being conference foes helps there, but my point is you never know what will cause this to be a rivalry, but proximity always helps. Schedule regular games with St Thomas, and you always have an extra "home" game on the schedule, because fans in the TC will swarm to the X to watch UND play.

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