(Fargo, ND) -- Some great news for those missing the full experience of Bison Football this past spring.

North Dakota State on Monday announced it will return to full capacity at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome and will allow tailgating at Bison football games. It follows the state of North Dakota lowering protocols with the COVID-19 pandemic and an OK from the university and local government.

The spring schedule carried a 50 percent capacity maximum (9,500) and the crowds didn’t reach that level. The top draw was the University of North Dakota with 9,121 fans. Next in line was South Dakota State (8,762), Youngstown State (6,578) and Illinois State (6,145). The Division I FCS first round playoff game against Eastern Washington had an NCAA-imposed 25 percent capacity and that one drew 3,587.

The home opener is September 4th against Albany State, followed a week later against Valparaiso. The Missouri Valley Football Conference home games are Northern Iowa, Missouri State, Indiana State and South Dakota.