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Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: How to make the Fargodome game experience better

The NDSU quarterfinal game on Saturday will likely have many empty seats at the Fargodome.

Dom Izzo Hot Mic

We found out this morning that thousands of tickets are still available for NDSU's game Saturday in the quarterfinals with East Tennessee State.

Two years ago in this same segment, I asked why fans were bored with winning.

I have some solutions to get fans back in the seats.

1. Improve the fan experience. What's the first thing you hear about a new stadium being built? Free Wi-Fi for the fans! The Fargodome doesn't have that. Fans now need to be engaged constantly and with them on their phones, this would go a long ways towards improving the fan experience.


2. Improve the concessions at the Dome. What is the other big thing you hear about new stadiums opening? The fun food! US Bank Stadium has several of these stands, much like Target Field. The Dome still serves the same food as they did 15 years ago. Some improved concessions may help bring in the non-football diehards to enjoy the game.

3. Get rid of the blue and red seats. It's a small thing but they're an eyesore. Fill it with green and gold seats. Look at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. That stadium is filled with yellow seats, the color of the Steelers.

Tickets are expensive. COVID-19 is still very real. But those two reasons alone aren't keeping 7 to 8 thousand fans away.

It's time for NDSU and the Fargodome to make some changes.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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