Exploring Shuttle Buses For NDSU Games & SportsCenter Rolls Into Fargo

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It’s a big week for the City of Fargo and NDSU. ESPN “SportsCenter on the Road” pulled into town Thursday and will be live at the Fargodome on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public, although they will only be letting in about 4,000 fans, according to Fargodome officials. Fans should arrive at the south side of the dome at 4:45 a.m.

Tailgating lots will open early to allow fans to participate in the show. Reserved tailgating will open at 5 a.m. and general admission will open at 5:30 a.m.

Fargo hosted College Gameday the past two years but this is the first time for SportsCenter.

Many fans are excited for the national exposure yet again.

With another home Bison game and this time being homecoming, fans can expect parking to be tight. Some people have asked why is there no shuttle bus service for NDSU games? Valley News Live decided to find out if anything is in the works.

"There has been conversations, but I don't think there has been any strategy sessions," said Fargodome General Manager Rob Sobolik.

Typically there are about 19,000 fans at the NDSU games.

Rob Sobolik says they have about 4,000 parking sports at the Fargodome and the surrounding area, including NDSU lots housing nearly 3000 more spaces.

Sobolik says a large amount of parking is often taken up by tailgaters and people who don't attend the game, but want the experience.

"Our parking lots will fill up, they will be full and we don't have space. The game will start and a certain amount of spots will become open," said Sobolik.

Sobolik says shuttles are often seen for concert events. They have seen success with shuttles offered during College GameDay the past two years. But no official decision has been made.

"Maybe that is something that could be extended in particular to an NDSU football game or every regular season game," said Sobolik.

MATBus offers NDSU routes from downtown every 15 minutes.

Sobolik says the big challenge with shuttle busses in any city is handling the flow of people all wanting to leave at the same time.

A reminder to people coming to the game this weekend-- parking is off limits in the fields near where hundreds were ticketed a few weeks ago.

The NDSU homecoming parade is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. in downtown.

Free MATBus transportation will be offered tomorrow for the homecoming parade. It will start at 3 p.m. and run from NDSU campus, Fargo Cash Wise, K-Mart and the West Acres Roger Maris Wing.

The LinkFM bus will be running as well.

Remember Valley News Live is your home for Bison coverage. At noon the Farmers Union Insurance Bison Football Pregame Show starts with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. on KVLY.