Potato Bowl Week Festivities Sept. 12-17, 2016
2016 Potato Bowl USA
North Dakota vs South Dakota State Sept. 17th!
2016 will be the year of the 51st Potato Bowl! Back on September 24, 1966 the first ever Potato Bowl football game, billed as a battle between two of the largest potato growing regions in the United States (Idaho and the Red River Valley), was played at Memorial Stadium in Grand Forks. The idea of creating a week of festivities to celebrate potatoes and football was the brainchild of UND Athletic Director Len Marti, Head Football Coach Marv “Whitey” Helling, Assistant Football Coach Jerry Olson and Sports Information Director Lee Bohnet. In that first game in 1966, the Fighting Sioux thumped Idaho State 41-0. UND is 38-12 in its first 50 Potato Bowl games.
Check out some of the fun from 2014 on this UND-TV video!