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Scheels Arena Looks for Alternatives For Parking

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The Scheels Arena in south Fargo is expected to sell out for tonight's Jake Owen concert. As the venue continues to book popular events organizers are trying to get the word out about limited and sometimes messy parking. Valley News team's Eric Crest explains about parking options available for tonight's concert, and the plans to alleviate problems in the future.


It's the calm before the show here at Scheels Arena.


"I'm here for the Jake Owen!" Says Alex Looysen of Jamestown who appeared fired up about the show tonight.


An anticipated five thousand people will be here for the show. But their parking lot only holds 13 to 14 hundred cars.


"With parking we've been proactive. We let people know it's 10 dollar parking on site," says Scheels Arena General Manager Jon Kram.


There are other options to parking at Scheels Arena for a cost. For starters you could park at the Bulldog Tap and they'll shuttle you to tonight's event for free. You can also park at Scheels Arena, but carpooling is the idea because tonight's big event will cost you 10 bucks just for a spot. Or you could park at the Spicey Pie in West Fargo for free. It's just west of Scheels Arena. But wear your tennis shoes because you have a 10 minute walk ahead of you.


"We're thinking about hitting a pre-party and getting a shuttle ride. But if not we're hopefully gonna get a driver to drop us off and pick us up," says Looysen who seems to have it all figured out.


If you opt for the 10 dollar parking you might notice not much has changed with the back lot. Management says you should expect to see this way, gravel and all, for another 2 to 4 years.


"We have a vision of expanding. We talk every six weeks talking about expansion. Why we haven't? We want to make sure we do it the right way. That we're financially stable to do it and we have the right vision to get it accomplished," says Kram.


But for many some muddy shoes and ten bucks, isn't too hefty of a price to pay for a night they won't soon forget.


"I've been going to Bison games my whole life. So you pay 5-10 bucks there anyway's. So I don't think so especially if you get a close spot. It's not too bad," says Looysen.


Most of the mud in that gravel lot at Scheels Arena is frozen over as of right now. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring your boots on the off-chance that you do get routed to park in the wet area.


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