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Ryan Johnson, Published January 08 2014

Fargodome reminds Pink concert attendees to expect heavy traffic Saturday night

FARGO – With more than 20,000 expected at the Pink concert Saturday, Fargodome officials remind fans to follow simple traffic tips this weekend.

Motorists driving to Fargo on Interstate 29 are asked to follow interstate message boards to decide which off-ramp to take, which will ease traffic congestion, according to a news release.

In-town fans are asked to use 10th Street North to either 17th or 19th Avenue.

Fargodome parking lots will open at 4 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening for the concert at 6 p.m.

Attendees will notice a new change – parking rates increased from $3 to $5 per vehicle on Jan. 1, a move that Fargodome General Manger Rob Sobolik said was necessary to keep up with increasing annual expenses for hiring parking, traffic control and maintenance labor.

It’s the first parking rate increase in about 10 years, he said, and still is below the fees at other events venues in the region, where parking can cost $15 or more. Any additional revenue will flow through the facility’s operating statement.

Fargodome officials expect the main parking lots will be full well before the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Additional parking can be found in other lots in the area, such as on the North Dakota State University campus, at Fargo North High School or the John E. Carlson Coliseum on 17th Avenue North.

Drivers are also reminded that there will be many pedestrians crossing streets leading to the facility, and no tailgating is permitted at the Fargodome before the concert.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587