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Published September 17, 2013, 06:48 PM

Fargo prepares for GameDay parking

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - ESPN College Game Day's live broadcast from downtown Fargo will make history. Fifteen million people will be watching Saturday morning. Many of us are used to parking along the street here in downtown Fargo, but this weekend that could be tough.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - ESPN College Game Day's live broadcast from downtown Fargo will make history. Fifteen million people will be watching Saturday morning.

Many of us are used to parking along the street here in downtown Fargo, but this weekend that could be tough.

But to make it easier, some city-owned lots will be open for free this Saturday.

Getting downtown to see ESPN host College Game Day right here in Fargo will take some planning.

Shelby Sorenson, NDSU Student: "Normally, parking is ridiculous."

But despite the challenge, NDSU student Shelby Sorenson says she wouldn't miss it.

Sorenson: "I will be here bright and early. I think it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for NDSU, so I have to come out and show my support."

Starting Thursday morning, these streets will be closed: Broadway from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue North; 3rd Avenue North from Broadway to 5th Street North; and 5th Street North from 3rd Avenue to 4th Avenue.

In addition to on-street parking, the City of Fargo owns 11 parking lots.

Those will all be open - and paid lots like the Civic Center parking lot and Island Park ramp will be open for free on Saturday.

John Rogne, Parking Service Owner: "It's kind of like the street fair. Everybody seems to get down here. Lots of them end up walking or catching a ride or carpooling or riding a bike or whatever. They always seem to get down here."

The NDSU athletic department is working on a plan to make sure students are able to get downtown and show their support but still make it to the game.

Sorenson: "That is a huge controversy right now. People want to be able to get from tailgating to downtown seamlessly."

Since street closings start Thursday morning, people who work or live downtown might want to be prepared and find other parking options.

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