Twins and Target Field will host the National Champion South Dakota State University Football

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins and South Dakota State University (SDSU) announced today that the reigning Jackrabbits national champion will host Drake University on September 16 at Target Field. The competition between these two Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs will be an SDSU home game; It is also the third college football game in the 14-year history of the Twins’ home stadium and the second NCAA Division I competition.

Kick-off time and ticket information, including availability and sale date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The Minnesota Twins organization is excited to host SDSU football while the Jackrabbits continue to defend their first-ever national title here at Target Field,” said club president and CEO Dave St. Peter. “We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the grandeur and heritage of college football again, and are thrilled to welcome SDSU, Drake and their respective fans and communities to downtown Minneapolis and our beautiful stadium.”

“We are honored to work with the Minnesota Twins organization and would like to thank our colleagues at Drake for their collaboration in bringing this game to Target Field,” said Justin Sell, SDSU Director of Athletics. “This game gives us a great opportunity to showcase Jackrabbit Football in one place with one of our strongest alumni bases and also a key area within our recruiting footprint.”

SDSU ended its historic 2022 season with a 14-1 record and the program’s first-ever national title, crowned by a win over North Dakota State University in the FCS championship game on January 8, 2023.

History of Target Field College Football

The SDSU-Drake Match is the third college football game to be played at Target Field and the second NCAA Division I competition. The Twins’ home stadium welcomed a Division III record for the first time on September 23, 2017 by a crowd of 37,355 in the University of St Thomas’ 20-17 win over St John’s University. The venue then hosted 34,544 fans on August 31, 2019 as North Dakota State University defeated Butler University 57-10.

Nestled in downtown Minneapolis, award-winning Target Field – home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins – is one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the upper Midwest and one of the most unique and spectacular baseball stadiums in the game. The 2011 Sports business journal As the Sports Facility of the Year, the baseball park was recognized as the best game day experience in any sport ESPN The Magazine in 2010. Known as the “Greenest Ballpark in America,” Target Field earned LEED Platinum certification in 2022 and is the only MLB venue to have received five separate LEED awards. Since opening in 2010, Target Field has hosted the MLB Postseason (2010, ’19 and ’20), the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, numerous high school and college baseball games, 17 concerts, two college football games, a international soccer game and the Discover NHL Winter Classic® 2022.


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