North Dakota plays its football home games at the Alerus Center - a 12,283-seat stadium located just minutes from the UND campus in Grand Forks.
The Alerus features an AstroTurf playing surface installed in 2013 that allows for rapid field conversion, with a playing surface that has no seams. Locker rooms are adorned in UND colors and are dividable into four 25-locker sections. There are also dressing rooms for coaches and officials. State-of-the art scoreboards, 15-by-30 Daktronics video replay boards and a BOSE sound system make the stadium one of the most exciting places in the nation to watch Football Championship Subdivision football.
The Alerus has 18 luxury VIP suites, eight concession stands, two vending stands, 14 ticket windows in three locations and four merchandise stands. There are 4,075 parking spaces available.
More than half-a-million fans have seen the North Dakota football team succeed on its home field at the Alerus Center. That mark includes a 10-0 postseason record and a school record 23-game home winning streak from 2002 to 2005.
In 2004, UND led the nation in Division II total attendance for the second straight year, with 75,110 fans passing through the gates to watch UND football - an average of 9,389 per game.
In 2008, which was the team's first at the FCS level, fans broke yet another attendance record as UND averaged 10,617 fans for its five home games that season.
North Dakota fans have been enthusiastic ever since the Alerus Center opened, but one of the most vocal crowds came in that first year as UND hosted a 2001 NCAA semifinal game against UC Davis. In that game, UC Davis was flagged seven times for illegal procedure among its 12 penalties on the day. After the game, UC Davis players cited the noise level of the Alerus Center crowd as one of the reasons for the penalties.
During the 2001 season, more than 100,000 fans turned out to watch the team play at the Alerus, and UND’s regular season average attendance of 10,517 was a school record. The previous school record was 9,150 in 1976, when North Dakota drew an estimated 36,600 for four games at Memorial Stadium.
UND’s average attendance was also the third-best figure nationally in NCAA Division II for 2001.
UND finished fourth nationally in Division II attendance in 2000, its final season at Memorial Stadium.