Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography
The Fargodome has become a fortress for the Bison and one of the most intimidating stadiums in the FCS. Of course, Bison Nation has played a massive role in the chaotic environment and the 1.15 million ounces of popcorn consumed.
“Most of the guys we end up signing were here sometime in the fall, whether that was for an official visit or an unofficial visit, just for a game visit. It’s still critical for us. We have a great thing to sell at NDSU, athletically and academically, but it still comes down to you have to get on campus.” Chris Klieman, Football Head Coach
In 22 home playoff games, opposing teams have been called for 52 false starts. That is 44 percent of the opponents’ 118 penalties.
NDSU football’s home record at the Fargodome since 1993.
Opened – 1993
Cost – $48 million
Teams – Football, Men’s Basketball & Softball
Football Capacity – 19,000
- Two 29 feet by 100 feet video boards located above the north and south endzones.
- Two 11.5 feet by 24 feet video boards located behind the big video boards in each endzone.
- Four 20 feet by 22 feet video boards in each corner.
Beneath The Madness
Team Makers financed a $500,000 renovation to the NDSU football locker room this summer. The cost covered new signage and branding in and outside of the locker room and new and additional locker stalls.
The Bison locker room is located beneath the east stands in the Fargodome. Outside of the locker area, NDSU football has an equipment room the Fargodome lets them exclusively use. The football team also has several meeting rooms near the escalator in the basement of the Dome.
The coaches offices sit on the second floor. Coaches, visitors and recruits are welcomed to the office area by a gigantic trophy case, showing the rich tradition of success at NDSU.
“The stuff we talk about, the stuff that’s been talked about in here is still up on the walls. The conference championships, the national championships, academic All-Americans – the tradition stuff that has been around for a long time – all that is here and really shown off.” – Easton Stick, Junior Quarterback