Fargodome security: What you need to know ahead of NDSU’s football home opener

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FARGO—Bison Football is set to kick off the season Saturday, September 1, with fans eager to fill the Fargodome.

This will be the first season the Dome is using metal detectors, 30 units at all four entrances, and getting in may take little longer than usual.

Fargodome General Manager Rob Sobolik says they've used the detectors at events since February, and are prepared for the high-traffic Herd expected on game day.

On some occasions, they were able to get more than 3,000 people inside every fifteen minutes, but that doesn't mean Bison fans shouldn't come early to avoid long lines.

They suggest planning to come in an hour to an hour and a half in advance.

Bags larger than 13 by 13 inches won't be allowed inside, unless for emergencies.

Staff members also urge fans to pack lightly and only bring what you need.

For those who do, there will be express lanes open to help ease the flow of people.

"The fans coming in, they kind of control, play a big role in how fast they get through," says Sobolik.

"It's the walk-through metal detectors, it's not like going through the airport, you don't have to take off your shoes, you don't have to take off your belt."

Doors open at 1 p.m., and kickoff is at 2:30.

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