Long lines at Saturday’s football game against Weber State left North Dakota State students still standing outside the Fargodome at kickoff time.
“Some students didn’t get into the game until after it had started,” student body president Eric McDaniel said in an email.
McDaniel said off-campus senator Kim Ellwien asked NDSU Athletics earlier this week to work with the Fargodome to speed up the entry process.
In response, NDSU Athletics will begin scanning students’ IDs before the doors open.
“At the end of the day, 90 minutes to scan approximately 4,000 student ID’s prior to kickoff simply wasn’t enough time to get everyone in their seats,” said Justin Swanson, assistant athletic director of marketing and fan engagement, in an email to McDaniel.
Athletic representatives will begin scanning the IDs of students standing in line at 11:30 a.m.
Students whose IDs have been scanned will receive a wristband to show at the entrance when doors open at 1 p.m.
“It’s our hope we’re able to scan a healthy portion of the student IDs while they wait in line before doors open,” Swanson said. “This should help alleviate much of the bottle neck we saw last week and get students in their seats well before the lights go out and the team introduction occurs.”
Swanson stressed students must be wearing the unaltered wristbands. Wristbands that are “cut, taped together, or held up for proof” will not be accepted.
He also encouraged students not to bring in unnecessary bags, which must be checked before entry.