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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 29 2011

Gate City Bank buys naming rights to new Fargodome turf

FARGO - The Fargodome is going 3D and Gate City Bank is contributing to it. The two announced a $1 million partnership Thursday that will give Gate City the naming rights to the new Astroturf GameDay 3D field turf that is expected to be completed next summer.

The new softer turf with rubber infill will have yellow end zones with a Bison logo at midfield. It will be called Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

The total project is budgeted at $3 million, although Fargodome general manager Rob Sobolik said indications are it will come in under that. Contractors are expected to begin work next week to expand the storage pit in the south end zone.

The turf carries an eight-year warranty and estimates indicate a shelf life of eight to 10 years, but Sobolik said because it is indoors, the Dome Authority has been told it’s possible it could get 11 to 12 years out of it.

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