NDSU Needs Another Bar by Campus
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:10
Now don’t get in an uproar, Turf fans, it’ll be okay. I’ve got a soft spot for the Turf as big as anyone’s, but I sincerely believe there is room in the market for another bar catering to students near campus.
I mean, you can’t tell me there wouldn’t be demand for it. Walk into the Turf on any given Wednesday Mug Night and odds are you’ll probably have a tough time moving around with all of the kids packed into the place. Walk into the Old Broadway or Sports Bar downtown on any given Friday or Saturday night, and odds are you won’t be able to move in those bars either due to the floods of NDSU students that flock to them.
So how great would it be to have another drinking establishment near campus? Yes, the Turf is an NDSU tradition, a long-standing symbol of the student body. But how many great college towns have only ONE bar associated with their student body and their campus?
Don’t get me wrong. I know the bars in downtown Fargo see plenty of business from the student body. But because they are so far away from campus, their affiliation is not with NDSU but with downtown Fargo. As it stands now, there is really only one drinking ground for NDSU students to flock to at the times when students most need a forum to meet and hang out and drink and eat some greasy, delicious bar food.
Think of the snow days, finals week celebrations, football games, and Wednesday night breathers you’ve taken at the Turf. Not only would there be two venues near campus for you to freshen up that schedule, but imagine being able to go out on the town on a Friday or Saturday night and not having to walk any further than you do for class.
You wouldn’t have to go downtown to go bar hopping, you could simply bar hop around the edge of campus!
And in the end, the shorter the distance students have to travel to get to the bars, the less the odds are of them deciding to drive home drunk. If you only live a few blocks away from your favorite weekend hangout, as most students in that case would, why would you need to drive?
So there you have it. NDSU needs another bar near campus, and odds are it could be a huge success. It could even inspire more near-campus development – more shops, more bar or more restaurants. And not to let my imagination run away from me, but before you know it, NDSU might just have it’s own version of ‘Dinkytown.’
Nathan is a senior studying landscape architecture. Follow him on twitter @nwstottler.