Fargodome in 2009
|Location||1800 University Dr N
Fargo, North Dakota
|Owner||City of Fargo|
|Operator||City of Fargo|
|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)
|Broke ground||April 26, 1990|
|Opened||December 12, 1992|
|Construction cost||$48 million
($81.9 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Sink, Combs, Dethlefs
Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates
|General contractor||Industrial Builders, Inc.|
|North Dakota State Bison (NCAA) (1993–present)|
Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome is an indoor athletic stadium located in Fargo, North Dakota, on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU). Opened in late 1992, the facility is owned by the City of Fargo, built on university land. Its seating capacity is 18,700 for football and over 25,000 for full arena concerts.
It is the home field of the North Dakota State Bison football team, which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Bison Football team is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. 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.
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.
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.
Many famous acts have played the Fargodome including Katy Perry, Cher, Guns N' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, The Dave Matthews Band, 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, 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.
- 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 all-star game between 1994 and 2000
- September 1998: Garth Brooks plays to three sold out crowds September 18–20
- 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.
- September 6, 2013: Taylor Swift performed at The Fargodome as part of her Red Tour.
- January 11, 2014: Pink performed at the venue while on her Truth About Love Tour.
- February 7, 2014: As part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour, Justin Timberlake will make his North Dakota concert debut at the Fargodome.
- July 12, 2014: Paul McCartney played to a crowd of 17,000 people while on his Out There Tour.
- October 14, 2012 TobyMac had a concert as a part of the Eye On It Tour, February 16, 2014 TobyMac will have a concert as part of the Hits Deep Tour.
- August 23, 2014: Katy Perry performed at The Fargodome as part of her Prismatic World Tour.
- October 12, 2015: Taylor Swift performed at the Fargodome as part of her 1989 World Tour
- 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.
Home field advantage
NDSU Bison Football Games
|Includes Playoff Game(s)|
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. 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 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football by BleacherReport.com. 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 14, 2012 in an FCS semifinal game against Georgia Southern, the crowd noise exceeded the 111 decibel mark and was known to be one of the loudest games in NDSU history. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead conducted an informal study of Fargodome crowd noise from the press box during a playoff semifinal game last December. The readings showed a high of 111 decibels following a late touchdown by quarterback Brock Jensen. The decibel meter consistently read 102-106 throughout that game, according to The Forum. During the 2013 Furman playoff game, the crowd noise was measured at 115 decibels.
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