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Published October 02, 2010, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Pre-game show


Nick Benson, left, uses controls to raise the panel for the turf to move over the Fargodome floor. Vents push air under the turf to maintain a nonstop, even flow. Members of the Fargodome's conversion crew walk back and forth on the turf as it glides across the floor to prevent bubbles from forming. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

  • Nick Benson, left, uses controls to raise the panel for the turf to move over the Fargodome floor. Vents push air under the turf to maintain a nonstop, even flow. Members of the Fargodome's conversion crew walk back and forth on the turf as it glides across the floor to prevent bubbles from forming. 
Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • The turf is stored in a pit on the Fargodome floor that goes down 13 feet, runs 12 feet across and is 202 feet long. When rolled up the turf and the roller weigh about 140,000 pounds.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Justin Wade, left, and Mike Herrmann, right, roll excess air out from under the turf so it will lie flat on the Fargodome floor. <br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Eric Halvorson, right, technical manager for the Fargodome, leads the conversion crew in rolling out the turf for the endzone area of the field. The endzone turf is then zipped to the main turf to complete the football field.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left to right, Greg Johnson, Matt Lewis and Greg Nygaard of the conversion crew assemble a goal post in the endzone at the Fargodome. <br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Nikki Anacker brings the field markers out onto the turf while the football field is assembled. <br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Warehouse manager Jason Gruebele unloads a Food Services of America truck at the Fargodome.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Jason Gruebele, warehouse manager, loads a cart with water, pop, popcorn and hotdogs to stock the 15 permanent concession stands.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Parking Supervisor Keith Welk puts down cones early in the morning to create a fire lane in the parking lot of the Fargodome. <br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Parking Supervisor Keith Welk ropes off an area on the west side of the Fargodome for tailgating. Welk makes sure all barricades, signs and parking cones are up in the early morning before the game.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Rosie Johnk hands out event staff shirts to the part-time employees the day of the game. For security purposes, staff are not allowed to bring their shirts home. The Fargodome washes and provides the uniform for all events.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Event Services Manager Diane Rix, left, leads the event staff briefing before the football game. Rix informs all supervisors and part-time employees about everything that will take place during the event, when doors open, and different policies and promotions for the event.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left, Gail Arends and Katie Whelan serve customers during the football game at a Fargodome concession stand.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Brian Amann, left, Anita Anderson, right, and other event staff count ticket stubs and put them in bundles of 100 during the first quarter of the football game. <br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Ticket stubs are bundled into groups off 100 and counted during the event for accountability purposes.<br /><br />Carrie Snyder / The Forum