Fargodome

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. The arena's seating capacity is 18,700 for football and over 25,000 for full arena concerts.

Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome
Fargodome in 2009
Location1800 University Dr N
Fargo, North Dakota
United States
OwnerCity of Fargo
OperatorCity of Fargo
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
Construction cost$48 million
($85.7 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectSink, Combs, Dethlefs
Triebwasser, Helenske & Associates[2]
General contractorIndustrial Builders, Inc.[2]
Tenants
North Dakota State Bison (NCAA) (1993–present)
Fargo Freeze (IFL) (2000)

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 Football Conference. Prior to the 1993 season, the Bison played at Dacotah Field. The stadium also plays host to North Dakota State graduation ceremonies as well as many large concerts, other sporting events, and trade shows.

History

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]

  • 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]

Events and acts

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.

College wrestling

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.[6]

Entertainment

Many famous acts have played the Fargodome including Avenged Sevenfold, 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, 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.

Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
March 21, 1993Guns N' RosesUse Your Illusion Tour
December 8, 1997PrinceJam of the Year Tour[7]
September 18, 1998Garth BrooksThe Garth Brooks World Tour
September 19, 1998
September 20, 1998
December 5, 1998Shania TwainLeahyCome On Over Tour
December 3, 1999NSYNCNSYNC in Concert
August 17, 2004MetallicaMadly in Anger with the World Tour[8]
September 6, 2013Taylor SwiftEd Sheeran
Casey James
The Red Tour21,073 / 21,073$1,661,578
January 11, 2014PinkThe KinThe Truth About Love Tour21,879 / 21,879$1,613,670This 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. [9]
February 7, 2014Justin TimberlakeDJ FreestyleThe 20/20 Experience World Tour15,639 / 15,639$1,329,810This was his first concert in the state of North Dakota.
February 14, 2014 Toby MacHits Deep Tour
July 12, 2014Paul McCartneyOut There18,220 / 18,220$2,247,472This was his first concert in the state of North Dakota.
August 23, 2014Katy PerryKacey Musgraves
Ferras
Prismatic World Tour21,843 / 21,843$1,660,459
October 12, 2015Taylor SwiftVance JoyThe 1989 World Tour21,067 / 21,067$2,219,188This 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.[10]
February 11, 2016AC/DCTyler Bryant & The ShakedownRock or Bust World Tour19,308 / 19,308$2,049,080[11]
May 5, 2016Garth BrooksThe Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood73,480$5,100,000[12]
May 6, 2016
May 7, 2016
May 8, 2016
June 4, 2016James TaylorN/ABefore this World Tour
June 18, 2016Justin BieberPost Malone
Moxie Raia
Purpose World Tour12,451 / 12,451$1,177,819[13]
August 4, 2017Bruno Mars24K Magic World Tour
August 24, 2017Tim McGraw and Faith HillNatalie HembySoul2Soul: The World Tour
October 17, 2018Ed SheeranSnow Patrol
Lauv
Divide Tour17,762 / 17,762$1,766,790
May 4, 2019PinkJulia MichaelsBeautiful Trauma World Tour22,164 / 22,164$2,927,135
October 30, 2019Celine DionCourage World Tour10,473 / 12,239$1,174,539

Gate City Bank Theatre

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

Home field advantage

NDSU Bison Football Games

Year Win Loss
YearWL
199350
199451
199560
199642
199751
199852
199960
200070
200150
200233
200351
200451
200551
200650
200750
200842
200914
201061
201181
201281
201390
201490
201581
201672
201790
2018100
201920
Total 156–24 (.867)
Includes Playoff Game(s)

Expansion and renovations

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.[14] 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.

Crowd noise

In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football by BleacherReport.com.[15] 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.[16] During the 2013 Furman playoff game, the crowd noise was measured at 115 decibels.[17]

See also

References

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  2. Archived July 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. Archived November 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  7. "Throwback Thursday: Prince's 1997 Fargodome show as reviewed..." INFORUM. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  9. "Pink". thetruthaboutlovetour.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  10. "Date Change for Taylor Swift Concert at FARGODOME". Valley News Live. July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  11. Lamb, John. "AC/DC not too old to rock 'n' roll". INFORUM. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  12. "Fargodome made more than $500,000 on Garth Brooks concerts". INFORUM. June 21, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  13. http://fargodome.com/event-page-new?e_id=127
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  15. "Ranking the Greatest Stadiums in College Football, Final 2011 Edition". Bleacher Report. December 5, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  16. http://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/11083/
  17. http://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/11095/

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