Fargodome in 2009
|Location||1800 University Dr N
Fargo, North Dakota
|Broke ground||April 26, 1990|
|Opened||December 12, 1992|
|Owner||City of Fargo|
|Construction cost||$48 million
($79.8 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Sink, Combs, Dethlefs
Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates
|General contractor||Industrial Builders, Inc.|
|Capacity||26,700 (Center-stage concerts)
22,000 (End-stage concert)
16,000 (3/4-house concert)
11,000 (Half-house concert)
3,500 (Gate City Bank Theater)
|NDSU Bison - (Division I FCS)
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 by Daktronics in 2002. Prior to the 1993 season, the Bison played at Dacotah Field.
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, the Asics Cadet and Junior National Wrestling Championships and many local, regional and national events.
Many famous acts have played the Fargodome including Guns N' Roses, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, The Dave Matthews Band and many others. The Fargodome is also capable of hosting events on ice such as Disney On Ice.
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.
- November 1987: Fargo Parks Superintendent Bob Johnson and City Council President Ranen Nicholson proposed a plan for convention and athletic facilities in Fargo.
- January 1988: Proposed plan was modified to include a single stadium to be built on North Dakota State University land, that would be financed in part by a half-cent sales tax.
- December 1988: Voters approved half-cent sales tax
- April 1989: Architects hired and construction process begins
- December 1992: Fargodome opens
- March 1993: Guns N' Roses plays to a sold out crowd
- January 1994: Hosts Snow Bowl NCAA Division II football allstar game between 1994 and 2000
- December 2002: Fargodome celebrates its 10th anniversary
- December 2006: Initial talks underway to attach a 6,000-9,000 seat stadium to the Fargodome, for use as a basketball arena for the North Dakota State University Basketball teams, as well as smaller performances.
- March 2009: The Fargodome is used for the filling and storage of sandbags during the flood.
- October 10, 2012: The Fargodome hosted a preseason NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves won the game 84-70.
- 2014: As part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour, Justin Timberlake will make his North Dakota concert debuts at the Fargodome.
In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football. 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 Mountain Hawks football, 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. On December 14, 2012 in a Semi Final 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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