Fargodome is an indoor athletic stadium located 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 18,700 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. 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 Fargodome replaced every video board 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 $9.5 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 will provide for 8,500 square feet of LED boards in the dome. The contract also provided for an increase from 3 to 5 High Definition camera's 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, 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.
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, 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 McIntire, 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.