Fargodome

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Fargodome
2009-0518-Fargodome.jpg
Fargodome in 2009
Location1800 University Dr N
Fargo, North Dakota
 United States
OwnerCity of Fargo
OperatorGlobal Spectrum
Capacity26,700 (Center-stage concerts)
22,000 (End-stage concert)
16,000 (3/4-house concert)
11,000 (Half-house concert)
19,000 (Football)
10,000 (basketball)
3,500 (Gate City Bank Theater)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundApril 26, 1990
OpenedDecember 12, 1992
Construction cost$48 million
($80.7 million in 2014 dollars[1])
ArchitectSink, Combs, Dethlefs
Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates[2]
General contractorIndustrial Builders, Inc.[2]
Tenants
NDSU Bison - (Division I FCS)
(1993-Present)
 
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Fargodome
2009-0518-Fargodome.jpg
Fargodome in 2009
Location1800 University Dr N
Fargo, North Dakota
 United States
OwnerCity of Fargo
OperatorGlobal Spectrum
Capacity26,700 (Center-stage concerts)
22,000 (End-stage concert)
16,000 (3/4-house concert)
11,000 (Half-house concert)
19,000 (Football)
10,000 (basketball)
3,500 (Gate City Bank Theater)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundApril 26, 1990
OpenedDecember 12, 1992
Construction cost$48 million
($80.7 million in 2014 dollars[1])
ArchitectSink, Combs, Dethlefs
Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates[2]
General contractorIndustrial Builders, Inc.[2]
Tenants
NDSU Bison - (Division I FCS)
(1993-Present)

The Fargodome is an indoor athletic stadium in Fargo, North Dakota, on the campus of North Dakota State University. Opened in late 1992, the facility is owned by the City of Fargo, built on university land. Its seating capacity is 19,000 for football and over 25,000 for full arena concerts.

It is the home field of the NDSU Bison football team, which competes in NCAA Division I, in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and holds the home field of the Division I softball team. The Fargodome contains two scoreboards on each endzone, four large video screens (one in each corner), two large electronic message centers below the scoreboards, as well as four stats boards (two centered on each sideline) all of which were installed in 2002. Prior to the 1993 season, the Bison played at Dacotah Field.

The NDSU band plays in the stands

The stadium also plays host to many large concerts, sporting events, and trade shows.

The Fargodome has held events such as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, USHRA's Monster Jam, Rib Fest, WWE, WCW, many local, regional and national events.

One of the most competitive high school/pre-college wrestling tournaments in the nation, the Asics/Vaughan Cadet and Junior National Wrestling Championships (freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling) takes place every year in the Fargodome in the month of July.[3]

Many famous acts have played the Fargodome including Katy Perry, Cher, Guns N' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney,[4] Kenny Chesney, The Dave Matthews Band, Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, Poison, Nsync, Billy Joel, Kiss, Beach Boys, Faith Hill, Bryan Adams, Ozzy Osbourne, Luke Bryan, Pink, Reba McIntire, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Bruce Springsteen, Tim Mcgraw, Def Leppard, Justin Timberlake, and many others. The Fargodome is also capable of hosting events on ice such as Disney On Ice, and traveling broadway.

The Fargodome's Gate City Bank Theatre is home to theatrical productions, produced locally and touring.

The building was originally planned to be modeled on the Tacoma Dome and have an inflatable roof. However, as the design evolved, it was decided to have a fixed hard roof, although the dome name stuck.[5]

History[edit]

Volunteers fill sandbags in the Fargodome during the 2009 flood.

Expansion[edit]

The Fargodome is currently studying an expansion of its permanent seating. The current capacity is 19,000 with an additional 100 seats to be added during the winter, 2015. [6] The addition of 5,000 to 7,500 seats has been discussed since 2011, but is now being seriously considered after several straight years of sold out NDSU Bison football games. That would bring the total capacity for football games to around 25,000. The additional seating would require major structural changes to the dome, including moving the press boxes from the East Side to the west side, the West side has been reinforced and could handle extra levels whereas the East side has a lobby that was not designed to bear any extra load.

Crowd noise[edit]

In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football.[7] The article cites, "There aren't many indoor venues in college football, but the few that do exist at the non-FBS level are very unfriendly to any visiting team. That effect is only amplified in a playoff atmosphere." The Fargodome is routinely ranked as one of the loudest college football stadiums in the country. On December 10, 2011 in a game against Lehigh, the crowd noise was measured at 111 decibels, comparable to when the New Orleans Saints play in the Superdome. During the 2011 playoffs, the decibel level exceeded 130 decibels several times.[8][9] On December 14, 2012 in an FCS semifinal game against Georgia Southern, the crowd noise again exceeded well past the 111-decibel mark and was known to be the loudest game in NDSU history. The Fargodome is sometimes called the "Thunderdome" by opposing teams.

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Coordinates: 46°54′10.93″N 96°48′5.58″W / 46.9030361°N 96.8015500°W / 46.9030361; -96.8015500