Friday night lights move to Saturdays over the next two weeks as tens of thousands of visitors see high school teams take the gridiron at Howard Wood Field. But fans will have to play offense, dodging construction cones, before cheering on their team.
There is a lot of people using this site all at the same time.
With construction on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center taking up premium parking around the field, bowl organizers say it will take a game plan for fans, but it's not worth forfeiting all together.
"We wanted to encourage everyone not to be intimidated by the fact that there is a big constructin project out here," Presidents Bowl Co-Chair Ann Nachtigal said.
With 12,000 fans expected at this Saturday's President's Bowl and an additional 10,000 expected next week at Dakota Bowl, organizers urge attendees to park off-site to the east and the west of the complex, once the on-site lots are full. But they should avoid Russell Avenue, which is also torn up.
Construction blocks the access from two major parking lots to the Howard Wood Field, so organizers will open up the Arena for visitors to walk through.
This is the second year construction has impacted the high school games, but Dakota Bowl Chair Dave Landry says it will be easier this time around.
"The fact that all of the structure is here, if you want to get from point A to Point B, you can see where you're going now so it will be very easy," Landry said.
Next month, nearly 8,000 out-of-state visitors will attend the 26th Annual Festival of Bands also at Howard Wood. Due to low participation at complementary shuttle services last year, the city will not be offering them this weekend.
You can check out parking here.