This probably goes under the news value of “rubber stamp,” but the Fargo Dome Authority approved the 2012 capital budget last night at $5.45 million, which included $3 million for the purchase and installation of new turf and $1.8 million to pave lot G, which should further enhance the football tailgating atmosphere. In the further rubber stamp department, what’s left before the done deal is a done deal is for the Fargo City Commission to give its OK, which will probably take less than a minute.
Still to be resolved with the turf is naming rights and negotiations appear to be close in the Authority locking somebody up for some signficant coin.
Speaking of tailgating, most football-loving Division I schools, be it FBS or FCS, allow tailgating busses and trailers in lots on Friday night. It’s time for NDSU to shed the minimum hours prior to a game but keep the maximum hours afterward. It’s not as if it’s Zip to Zap or Woodstock out there. You’re talking about a bunch of middle agers who pay money for the spot and probably are not going to set anything on fire. And if it needs to be looked over once in awhile on Friday, then police it. Make it a penalty; if you’re told to leave the lot, then you lose the privilege for an entire year.