Katy Perry concert, RedHawks game, construction, NDSU move-in day create 'perfect storm' for congestion on Saturday
At 6 p.m., the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks play the Sioux City Explorers at Newman Outdoor Field. Also at 6 p.m., just down the street, doors open for the Katy Perry concert at the Fargodome.
And North Dakota State University’s first move-in day, which is expected to draw almost 3,000 students and their families, ends at 6 p.m.
To complicate matters further, several streets in the area are under construction.
In the words of Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse,” it will be a perfect storm.
The city of Fargo, the Fargodome and the RedHawks, as well as Fargodome manager Global Spectrum released a set of guidelines Thursday for the 25,000-plus expected at the baseball game and concert.
NDSU has also been providing students and families with information on precautions to take to avoid getting stuck in traffic or without a parking spot.
Here are the highlights:
If you’re driving
Drivers should avoid 19th Avenue North, which is under construction. They should instead take Broadway or 10th Street up to 17th Avenue.
Eastbound 19th Avenue will be closed at 18th Street, and officers will be directing traffic south to 17th Avenue. There will be a digital sign on 10th Street and officers at University Drive and 17th Avenue North to guide traffic.
Fargodome parking lots open at 4 p.m., and “it’s more than likely our parking lots are going to sell out,” said Rob Sobolik, general manager of the Fargodome.
Additional parking will be available at Fargo North High School and John E. Carlson Coliseum on 17th Avenue.
Sobolik said the Fargodome encourages concertgoers to call their favorite establishments, such as bars and restaurants, and ask if they have shuttles. Buses are also going to the event and will be along Albrecht Avenue afterward for riders’ use.
Drop-offs should take place on the east side of the Fargodome at the main entrance.
For RedHawks fans
The RedHawks are providing shuttle service from Lot T (located on 12th Avenue North east of 18th Street) to Newman Outdoor Field starting at 5 pm., according to a release. Shuttles will also be available after the game.
For NDSU students
Rian Nostrum, director of residence life at NDSU, said he’s not worried about the check-in process coinciding with the other events.
“The bulk of the folks that are going to come, they check in in the morning,” he said.
Of the 3,300 students who need to move in this weekend, almost 3,000 are generally there by Saturday afternoon, he said.
That means it’s unlikely many families will be leaving the area at the same time people are arriving for the game or concert.
“What we typically find is, as long as they’re arriving to do check-in by noon, they’re gone before dinner,” Nostrum said.
NDSU warned students about the events earlier this summer at orientation, so students know not to leave their prime-location parking spots between 4 and 8 p.m.
The combination of events has required some careful planning, but Nostrum sees it as a positive.
“It’s exciting for us that there’s a lot of energy happening because it shows our new students that Fargo is a very vibrant community.”
Nostrum said some students plan to check out the concert after they move in – and that’s what he plans to do, too.
“It’s gonna be one of the longest days ever … but I can’t pass up the opportunity for Katy Perry,” he said. “If I could get away with it, I would market it as Katy Perry coming for opening day.”
The city of Fargo, Global Spectrum, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the Fargodome, along with the police department, are sharing these tips to get around:
- Expect delay on 19th Avenue North due to construction. Arriving early and carpooling is recommended, parking lots open at 4 p.m. with public doors opening at 6 p.m.
- Eastbound 19th Avenue will be closed at 18th Street. Traffic control personnel will be at this location directing traffic south to 17th Avenue.
- In town traffic use 10th Street North to 17th Avenue North. There will be a digital sign on 10th Street guiding traffic west on 17th Avenue. Traffic control personnel will be located at University Drive and 17th Avenue North to assist with getting vehicles across University Drive.
- Additional parking available at Fargo North High School and John E. Carlson Coliseum located on 17th Avenue.
- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks will be providing shuttle service from Lot T (located on 12th Avenue North east of 18th Street) to Newman Outdoor Field starting at 5 p.m. Shuttle service will continue after the baseball game.
- All buses will be directed to off load on the west side of the Fargodome using Albrecht Avenue. Buses will be staged along Albrecht Avenue post event to accept riders and be directed back to 19th Avenue.
- Limousines and other drop-offs should take place on the east side of the Fargodome at the main entrance. Depending on space availability limousines may be asked to leave the property during the event and return to pick up passengers.
- Please be aware with over 25,000 guests expected in the vicinity of the Fargodome and Newman Outdoor Field that there will be a high volume of pedestrian traffic crossing streets leading to the facilities.
- There is no tailgating permitted at the Fargodome prior to the concert.