Fargodome GM: 2022 set to be true 'bounce back' year

Photo by: North Dakota State University
Photo by: North Dakota State University

(Fargo, ND) -- Despite a back-and-forth 2021, big things appear to be on the horizon for the Fargodome.

General Manager Rob Sobolik told WDAY Radio's Bonnie and Friends that despite the normal expected setbacks, business has still picked up in the second half of 2021.

"I think it's important that things are happening," said Sobolik. "That's a great sign for us. And more and more people are beginning to book and take up dates. We expect 2022 to be a lot more similar to 2018 or 2019."

The Fargodome had been in the red this year when it comes to profits, but a grant from the Federal government is set to even things out as the year turns into a wash for the venue. Sobolik does say the biggest challenge now is trying to get bigger, traveling tours and concerts on the books.

"Those kinds of things usually happen around now, and start with tours and concerts in the spring. We should be booking more in the coming weeks and months."

As far as vaccine and mask mandates, staff at the Fargodome are technically aligned with the City of Fargo, so masks are required. But for guests, they are still only strongly recommended. Sobolik does say that venues across the country are experiencing "around a five to 20% no show rate" in the wake of reopening to larger audiences due to COVID-19. He adds that even Bison games, while still drawing plenty of fans, are not completely sold out yet.

The next major act coming to the Fargodome is Elton John on March 19th, 2022. You can find a link for more information by clicking here.