This year is the first time that the Bison reached the Division I Football Championship. The Fargodome played a prominent role in this with three of the playoff games being at home. These extra games brought a lot of extra pride and profit to the Fargodome.
Fargodome has an event for everybody. Instead of needing a separate building for an 8,800-person basketball arena, a 3,200-person theatee, a 19,000-person football arena or a 25,000-person concert venue everything is under one roof. This massive variety allows the Fargodome to run at a surplus for the last 20 years.
According to general manager, Rob Sobolik, with that type of variety comes the hassle of setting up shows. Throughout the year, there are 105 events a year at the Fargodome. As an example of the type of work that goes into switch overs, on January 13 Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is performing at the Fargodome, and the next day Miranda Lambert is coming to do a show.
This sort of changeover requires a massive team to take down the set of “Spamalot” and switch it for the Miranda Lambert concert. After “Spamalot,” a team of roughly 40 – 50 people will work to clean and take down the set. Overnight, people will start setting up for the concert. Once the crew arrives in the morning, they be working to set up the stage, lights and speakers. Finally, after less than 24 hours of work, everything is set up, the lights go down and the concert starts for Miranda Lambert.
Fargodome tries to cater to charities as well. It tries to host walks and charity events when possible. “Fill the Dome” is one of the biggest events that happens at the Fargodome every year. Last year they raised over 80 tons of food or close to 443,093 meals.
Another way for charities to raise money is to volunteer to work concession stands at concerts and football games. Non-profit organizations can volunteer to work concession stands and a fraction of the sales go to that charity. Last year $98,000 was paid out for non-profit organizations. The payouts ranged from $150 to $19,000 per charity.
- 2010 utilities came to $600,000.
- Bon Jovi was the most profitable concert ever for the Fargodome.
- It takes five people roughly an hour and a half to lay down the turf for football games.
- The Fargodome has just fewer than one million bricks.
- Fargodome sits on land owned by NDSU purchased for $301,000 in 1990 and costs $1 per year under the terms of the lease.
- In 2006, Fargodome sold 25,504 hot dogs, jumbo dogs, polish sausages and brats. This is enough to stretch from West Acres to the Flying J Truck Stop.
- 3,300 pounds of nacho chips were used in 2006.
- Nearly 1.9 million ounces of beer were consumed in 2006 at Fargodome concession stands.