FARGO — Some fans were caught off guard by the parking situation at Newman Field on Monday night, May 20.
There's a change-up for some fans getting to the stadium the baseball team plays in. The main parking lot outside Newman Outdoor Field is now a pile of dirt because of a construction project at North Dakota State University, meaning getting to a RedHawks game this year may take a little longer.
"It was a longer walk; for the elderly it's a little harder," said Alan Holm, who was at the game Monday night.
RedHawks spokesman Chad Ekren said the change was "just kind of thrown" at the team, which found out just last week that the parking lot right outside the stadium's main entrance was being ripped up.
With the loss of about 200 nearby parking spots, Ekren says fans should plan accordingly.
"Come a couple minutes earlier than you usually would to make sure you get a parking spot or know where to park," he said.
Fans are now being told to park behind the right and center field walls by the softball field or in the lot next to the old main lot.
While the walk may be longer for fans, the lack of parking should not be a major issue, except in the case of sell-out crowds or if there is an event at the Fargodome, Ekren said. The team will be closely monitoring the parking situation — especially during the first home stand.
The team has also considered shuttles or a cart system as possible options for parking, though it hasn't made a final decision and asks fans to reach out with any suggestions.
Still, on Monday many loyal fans didn't mind the few extra steps.
"For the RedHawks we will take the walk," said Allen Holm of Fargo.