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Ryan Johnson, Published September 05 2013

Fargodome manager expects heavy traffic, parking shortages for Swift concert

FARGO – For the thousands of fans heading to the Fargodome to see Taylor Swift perform tonight, patience will be a virtue.

General Manager Rob Sobolik said some last-minute tickets may be available today, but Fargodome officials expect the show to be sold out by the time Swift takes the stage in front of more than 20,000 fans.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and opening act Ed Sheeran is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m.

Sobolik said the stream of vehicles heading to the Fargodome will happen at the same time as the end-of-workday rush to get home, and the North Dakota State University home football game against Ferris State on Saturday means the area will likely be busy with Bison fans, too.

“There’s definitely going to be traffic congestion, and there’s definitely going to be parking congestion,” he said. “We always stress for people to plan ahead, especially for those who are familiar with the area.”

Sobolik said the Fargodome has more than 4,000 on-site parking spots, but he expects all lots to fill up early. People should arrive early to find a spot and make their way into the building before the concert starts, he said.

Following are some traffic tips from the Fargo Police Department for concertgoers:

E Due to the NDSU football game on Saturday, no overnight parking is permitted in the west parking lots; vehicles left overnight in these lots will be towed.

E In-town traffic should use 10th Street North to either 17th or 19th Avenue North.

E Additional parking is available at Fargo North High School and John E. Carlson Coliseum on 17th Avenue North.

E Buses should off load on the west side of the Fargodome using Albrecht Avenue and buses will be staged along the avenue post event to accept riders and be directed back to 19th Avenue.

E Limousines and other drop-offs should take place on the east side of the Fargodome at the main entrance; and

E Fargodome parking lots will open at 4 p.m. with the public doors opening for the concert at 5:30.

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Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587