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was watching the UNI game,and my first reaction was....teams still use astro turf,but in playing NCAA 2009 i know that

Idaho State and UNI have "Domes" ,and i know that North Dakota has a dome (but isn't in NCAA 09 for some reason)

so my questions are

1.How many FCS teams have them

2.Why? because they play up north,or are they multi purpose,for Hockey and basketball also? because there really just over sized gyms

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was watching the UNI game,and my first reaction was....teams still use astro turf,but in playing NCAA 2009 i know that

Idaho State and UNI have "Domes" ,and i know that North Dakota has a dome (but isn't in NCAA 09 for some reason)

so my questions are

1.How many FCS teams have them

2.Why? because they play up north,or are they multi purpose,for Hockey and basketball also? because there really just over sized gyms

Both North Dakota (Alerus Center) and North Dakota State (FargoDome) play in a dome, and South Dakota (Dakota Dome) does as well. The Fargodome is by far the nicest of the 3, and I belive all are mulitipurpose (conventions, bball, etc.) Although I know both UND and NDSU don't really use them for bball, but it can be done.

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was watching the UNI game,and my first reaction was....teams still use astro turf,but in playing NCAA 2009 i know that

Idaho State and UNI have "Domes" ,and i know that North Dakota has a dome (but isn't in NCAA 09 for some reason)

so my questions are

1.How many FCS teams have them

2.Why? because they play up north,or are they multi purpose,for Hockey and basketball also? because there really just over sized gyms

Both North Dakota (Alerus Center) and North Dakota State (FargoDome) play in a dome, and South Dakota (Dakota Dome) does as well. The Fargodome is by far the nicest of the 3, and I belive all are mulitipurpose (conventions, bball, etc.) Although I know both UND and NDSU don't really use them for bball, but it can be done.

Northern Arizona's Walkup Skydome. They play bball and fball there (i know that much).

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Watching the N.Iowa game I was wondering how many of the dome teams use astroturf. I havent seen most of the domes in FCS, anyone know how many use astroturf still? Or for that matter, how many outdoor FCS teams use astroturf?

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Watching the N.Iowa game I was wondering how many of the dome teams use astroturf. I havent seen most of the domes in FCS, anyone know how many use astroturf still? Or for that matter, how many outdoor FCS teams use astroturf?

I know NDSU has FieldTurf, but i'm pretty sure UND has AstroTurf.

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was watching the UNI game,and my first reaction was....teams still use astro turf,but in playing NCAA 2009 i know that

Idaho State and UNI have "Domes" ,and i know that North Dakota has a dome (but isn't in NCAA 09 for some reason)

so my questions are

1.How many FCS teams have them

2.Why? because they play up north,or are they multi purpose,for Hockey and basketball also? because there really just over sized gyms

I'm not sure if you've ever been to North Dakota in the Winter, but the weather could literally kill you it's so cold out. I mean it can at times get as low as 50 below zero. Just look at the lows as of late :wacko:

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Those look like cool places to watch a game. From the pictures they look like they really have an atmosphere which I think a lot of open aired stadiums lose. I figure those places probably get pretty loud and for the smaller teams, that would be a great home field advantage. I'd love to see some of the big boys in DI, go down there and play and see what they would do. No, I'm not talking Texas or the like, I'm talking middle of the road DI teams like UCLA or heck I guess Notre Dame is a middle of the road team and one day Michigan will be! :P

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East Tennessee State played in the "Mini-Dome" before they cut football. I went to a game their, it's an awesome atmosphere.

Yeah I've been there too, not for an ETSU football game though. The Mini-Dome, or Memorial Center, is pretty much exactly the same as Idaho State's Holt Arena.

ETSU-etsu_minidome_interior.jpg ISU-g-DSC_0106LongShotofD3-lg.jpg

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Those look like cool places to watch a game. From the pictures they look like they really have an atmosphere which I think a lot of open aired stadiums lose. I figure those places probably get pretty loud and for the smaller teams, that would be a great home field advantage. I'd love to see some of the big boys in DI, go down there and play and see what they would do. No, I'm not talking Texas or the like, I'm talking middle of the road DI teams like UCLA or heck I guess Notre Dame is a middle of the road team and one day Michigan will be! :P

I agree. Football in an indoor arena is unlike any thing that you have experienced. I've been on field in a game in the Superdome with 25,000 screaming fans. I could only imagine what being in a smaller indoor field with about 10,000 or so screaming fans sounds like.

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was watching the UNI game,and my first reaction was....teams still use astro turf,but in playing NCAA 2009 i know that

Idaho State and UNI have "Domes" ,and i know that North Dakota has a dome (but isn't in NCAA 09 for some reason)

so my questions are

1.How many FCS teams have them

2.Why? because they play up north,or are they multi purpose,for Hockey and basketball also? because there really just over sized gyms

I'm not sure if you've ever been to North Dakota in the Winter, but the weather could literally kill you it's so cold out. I mean it can at times get as low as 50 below zero. Just look at the lows as of late :wacko:

I remember going to UND Sioux football games when I was a freshman back in '95. By the end of the first quarter I could no longer feel my toes. I later learned that beer helped.

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Moving slightly to division II...

Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI) has the all-wood Superior Dome for football and track. From the university web site...

Constructed of 781 Douglas Fir beams and 108.5 miles of fir decking, the Dome has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, although the building can hold as many as 16,000 people. The facility has a diameter of 536 feet and has the ability to withstand 60 pounds per square foot of snow and 80 mile per hour winds. The Dome?s features include a retractable artificial turf carpet, the largest of its kind in the world. When extended, the turf has the ability to accommodate football, soccer (120 x 72 yard field) and field hockey. Underneath the carpet is a synthetic playing surface that features three basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts and a 200-meter track.

The university has a separate basketball/hockey (D-1, WCHA) aqrena. But the dome is also used as a U.S. Olympic training/education center, as well as hosting boat, car and trade shows, high school playoffs, commencement, etc.

SuperiorDomeFootball.jpgSuperiorDomeOutside.jpg

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