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View from east in 2009
Fargo is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Fargo is located in North Dakota
Location in North Dakota
Full nameGate City Bank Field at the
Address1800 University Dr N
LocationNorth Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
OwnerCity of Fargo
Capacity18,700 (football)
  • Gate City Bank Theater: 3,500
  • Half house: 11,000
  • 3/4 house: 16,000
  • End stage: 22,000
  • Center stage:26,700
SurfaceArtificial turf
Broke groundApril 26, 1990 (1990-04-26)
OpenedDecember 2, 1992;
30 years ago
Construction cost$48 million
($108 million in 2022[1])
  • Sink, Combs, Dethlefs
  • Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates
General contractorIndustrial Builders, Inc.[2]
Main contractorsMeinecke-Johnson
Fargo-Moorhead Fever (CBA) (1992–1994)
North Dakota State Bison (NCAA) (1993–present)
Fargo Freeze (IFL) (2000)

Fargodome is an indoor athletic stadium in the north central United States, located on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. Opened 31 years ago in late 1992, the facility is owned by the City of Fargo and built on university land. Not an actual dome, its seating capacity is 18,700 for football and over 25,000 for full arena concerts. Its approximate elevation at street level is 900 feet (275 m) above sea level.

Fargodome is the home field of the Bison football team, which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). NDSU is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and prior to the 1993 season, the football venue was Dacotah Field, adjacent to the south. The stadium also hosts the university's commencement ceremonies as well as many large concerts, other sporting events, and trade shows.


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.[3]

Volunteers fill sandbags in the Fargodome during
the 2009 Red River flood
  • 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
  • January 1994: Hosts Snow Bowl NCAA Division II football all-star 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.
  • August 31, 2012: The newly installed AstroTurf, funded by a $1 million donation from Gate City Bank and Fargodome reserve funds for total cost of $2.9 million, premiered in the North Dakota State Bison football team's first game of the season against Robert Morris. Gate City Bank’s donation led to renaming of the field after the company.[4]
  • October 10, 2012: The Fargodome hosted a preseason NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves won the game 84–70.
  • August 2016: Replaced 4 older corner video boards with new HD boards, and added 2 new large (100'x30') Video Screens at a cost of $7.7 million.[5]
  • July 2022: Replaced the older version AstroTurf with a new version, funded by the Fargodome's reserve funds for a total price of $1.1 million, which also includes upgrades to the Magic Carpet system that rolls out the turf onto the stadium floor.[6]

Events and acts[edit]

The Fargodome has held events such as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, USHRA's Monster Jam, Rib Fest, World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, and other local, regional, and national events. The facility briefly played host to the Fargo Freeze Indoor Football League team in 2000, though the team played just one season.[7]

College wrestling[edit]

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.[8]


Many famous acts have played the Fargodome including Elton John, Katy Perry, Cher, Guns N' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, Poison, Nsync, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Kiss, Beach Boys, Faith Hill, Bryan Adams, Ozzy Osbourne, Luke Bryan, Pink, Reba McEntire, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw, Def Leppard, Metallica, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Mötley Crüe and many others. The Fargodome is also capable of hosting events on ice such as Disney on Ice, and traveling broadway.

Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Event Name Attendance Revenue Notes
March 21, 1993 Guns N' Roses Brian May Band[9] Use Your Illusion Tour
December 8, 1997 Prince Jam of the Year Tour [10]
September 18, 1998 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour
September 19, 1998
September 20, 1998
December 5, 1998 Shania Twain Leahy Come On Over Tour
February 17, 1999 The Rolling Stones Jonny Lang No Security Tour 21,970 / 21,970 $1,501,183
November 6, 1999 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Reunion Tour 17,245 / 20,000
December 3, 1999 NSYNC NSYNC in Concert
September 29, 2002 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band The RIsing Tour
August 17, 2004 Metallica Madly in Anger with the World Tour [11]
September 6, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Casey James
The Red Tour 21,073 / 21,073 $1,661,578
January 11, 2014 Pink The Kin The Truth About Love Tour 21,879 / 21,879 $1,613,670 This show was originally scheduled to take place on October 27, 2013, but was postponed due to vocal rest. This concert used to hold the record for highest attendance and ticket sells record in the venue's history, until she broke her own record in 2019.[12]
February 7, 2014 Justin Timberlake DJ Freestyle The 20/20 Experience World Tour 15,639 / 15,639 $1,329,810 This was his first concert in the state of North Dakota.
February 14, 2014 Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
July 12, 2014 Paul McCartney Out There 18,220 / 18,220 $2,247,472 This was his first concert in the state of North Dakota.
August 23, 2014 Katy Perry Kacey Musgraves
Prismatic World Tour 21,843 / 21,843 $1,660,459
November 16, 2014 Mötley Crüe The Final Tour - -
October 12, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy The 1989 World Tour 21,067 / 21,067 $2,219,188 This concert was originally planned to take place on September 9, but was postponed to October 12 to avoid any potential scheduling conflict with the Houston Astros potentially making the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason.[13]
February 11, 2016 AC/DC Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Rock or Bust World Tour 19,308 / 19,308 $2,049,080 [14]
May 5, 2016 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 73,480 $5,100,000 [15]
May 6, 2016
May 7, 2016
May 8, 2016
June 4, 2016 James Taylor Before this World Tour
June 18, 2016 Justin Bieber Post Malone
Moxie Raia
Purpose World Tour 12,451 / 12,451 $1,177,819 [16]
August 4, 2017 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
August 24, 2017 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Natalie Hemby Soul2Soul: The World Tour
October 17, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Divide Tour 17,762 / 17,762 $1,766,790
May 4, 2019 Pink Julia Michaels Beautiful Trauma World Tour 22,164 / 22,164 $2,927,135
September 14, 2019 Bob Seger - Roll Me Away: The Final Tour - -
October 30, 2019 Celine Dion Courage World Tour 10,473 / 12,239 $1,174,539
August 11, 2021 Guns N' Roses Mammoth WVH Guns N' Roses 2020 Tour - -
April 6, 2023 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
King Princess
Global Stadium Tour - -
November 5, 2023 Shania Twain TBA Queen of Me Tour - -

Gate City Bank Theater[edit]

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

Expansion and renovations[edit]

The Fargodome is currently studying an expansion of its permanent seating. The current capacity is 18,700 with an additional 100 seats to be added during the winter 2015.[17] 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.

In summer 2016, the stadium video boards were replaced with 12 new interior displays featuring SMD LED technology including two large 30'x100' High Definition video/scoreboards on each endzone, 12'x24' screens behind those large screens for those seated behind the board, and four large 20'x22' High Definition video boards (one in each corner), the $7.7 million project also provided for four ribbon displays on the seating fascia 3' high and 33' long along with a portable 15' x 25' screen which can be moved around on gameday, the project also renovated the electronics room and provided for new computer and graphics technology. These screens replaced the 6 old boards installed in 2002. In total, the new boards provide for 8,500 square feet (790 m2) of LED boards in the dome. The contract also provided for an increase from 3 to 5 High Definition cameras for additional angles, one of the cameras has a 55x extra zoom for close up play.

In the summer of 2022, the stadium replaced its aging AstroTurf with a newer version. It cost the Fargodome $1.1 million, which it paid for using the stadium reserve funds, that also included upgrades to the Magic Carpet system that rolls out the turf onto the stadium floor.

Crowd noise[edit]

The Fargodome during a North Dakota State Bison football game

In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football by BleacherReport.com.[18] The article states

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 14, 2012, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead measured the Fargodome crowd noise from the press box during an FCS playoff semifinal game between North Dakota State and Georgia Southern. According to The Forum, the maximum crowd noise exceeded 111 decibels, and the decibel meter consistently read 102–106 during the game.[19] During a 2013 playoff game between North Dakota State and Furman, the crowd noise was measured at 115 decibels.[20]

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ Jul 22nd 2013 - 6pm, Forum News Service |. "Indoor Football League ponders Fargo expansion, too". Bemidji Pioneer. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
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  9. ^ "ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 21 MARCH". Brianmay.com. Retrieved March 21, 2022. In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
  10. ^ "Throwback Thursday: Prince's 1997 Fargodome show as reviewed..." INFORUM. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  14. ^ Lamb, John. "AC/DC not too old to rock 'n' roll". INFORUM. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Ranking the Greatest Stadiums in College Football, Final 2011 Edition". Bleacher Report. December 5, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
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