Both the JMU Dukes (who won this game in January and return as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national champions) and the NDSU Bison (winners of this game in five of the past six seasons, 2011-2015), will bring plenty of talent to Frisco on January 6.
However, the purple-clad JMU backers and the gold legion of NDSU fans also bring something else to this game: a passionate and incredibly entertaining in-game atmosphere. Fans of both schools will take over Frisco for much of the week leading up to gameday on Sunday.
The 2018 FCS Championship has a noon kickoff, which not only makes it ideal for some early-morning tailgating, (which will include plenty of coffee and other favorites like breakfast tacos) but with this championship tilt ending before 4 p.m., it also allows visitors to check out some of the spots surrounding the stadium.
WHERE TO EAT NEAR TOYOTA STADIUM
That itinerary could include a visit to Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ for some of their delicious breakfast tacos before the game or some of their pit barbecue after. Another popular place for breakfast, right next to Toyota Stadium is Frisco Diner, which is just west of the stadium, off the Dallas North Tollway.
Jakes Burgers and Beer, located just across the street from the stadium in Frisco Square, also serves up a nice breakfast and fans could always visit there after the game for a burger or their tasty, yet spicy chicken sandwich, The Flaming Rooster.
Other popular spots to grab a bite in Frisco Square include Best Thai, Mattito’s (Tex-Mex), Pizzeria Testa and Sake Toro (sushi). And for those with a huge appetite, Babe’s Chicken and Dinner House is several blocks away but more than worth the walk—not just for their tasty, immense portions of home cooking—but also for their friendly service.
However, the dining scene near the stadium isn’t limited only to Frisco Square. The west side of the stadium features such popular spots as Blue Goose Cantina (Tex-Mex), British Lion Pub, The Green Gator (Cajun) and Mezcal Taco.
Whether you bleed JMU purple, NDSU gold or are just a fan of great football in general, check out the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
But don’t just come for the game, check out the tailgating in and around the stadium and visit one of the great eateries in the area. There truly is something for every taste.