The Fargodome is an indoor athletic stadium 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 exceeds 19,000 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). The Fargodome contains two scoreboards on each endzone, four large video screens (one in each corner), two large electronic message centers below the scoreboards, as well as four stats boards (two centered on each sideline) all of which were installed by Daktronics in 2002.
The stadium also plays host to many large concerts, sporting events, and trade shows.The Fargodome has held events such as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, USHRA's Monster Jam, Rib Fest, WWE, WCW, the Asics Cadet and Junior National Wrestling Championships and many local, regional and national events.The Fargodome's Gate City Bank Theatre is home to theatre, both locally-produced and touring.
In 2011, the Fargodome was ranked as the 49th best stadium in college football.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 10th, 2011 in a game against Lehigh Mountain Hawks football, the crowd noise was measured at 111 decibels, comparable to when the New Orleans Saints play in the Superdome.The Fargodome is sometimes called the "Thunderdome" by opposing teams.