I shouldn't have said it's a bigger attraction. I actually think for what it is, State Hockey is pretty much a non-event wherever it's being held right now. A state that is putting up top 25 and even close to top 10 teams in the nation some years should have a lot more pride in it then say their football and basketball programs. (Though I haven't looked at how our basketball compares nationally, I don't think we fare that well to be honest)
Putting it in Fargo doesn't make it a bigger attraction, it's probably still at the non-factor point, it's just that in the metro area there are five sources of hockey teams, it's more centrally located, and there is a metropolitan area of 120-140k people able to attend rather than something like 60k less than that. (Not looking up statistics right now, just throwin out numbers)
That's what I was trying to say, not that one town values it more than the other. If anything, Grand Forks values it much more in actuality, but that doesn't mean more people will attend.