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South Dakota State football takes on Drake at Target Field on Sept. 16 – Mitchell Republic

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins and South Dakota State University announced that the reigning national champion Jackrabbits football team will host Drake University on Sept. 16 at Target Field.

The announcement of the game was made in conjunction with the Twins Winter Caravan event Tuesday night at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings.

The contest between these two Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs will be an SDSU home game; it also marks the third college football game in the 14-year history of the Twins’ home field and the second NCAA Division I contest. Kickoff time and ticket information, including availability and on-sale date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The Minnesota Twins organization is thrilled to host SDSU football as the Jackrabbits continue to defend their first-ever national title right here at Target Field,” said Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter. “We can’t wait to once again revel in the festivities and tradition of college football and are very excited to welcome SDSU, Drake and their respective fans and communities to downtown Minneapolis and our beautiful ballpark.”

SDSU finished its historic 2022 campaign with a 14-1 record and the program’s first national title, capped off by a victory over North Dakota State in the FCS Championship Game on January 8, 2023.

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

The SDSU-Drake game marks the third college football game played at Target Field and the second NCAA Division I contest. The Twins’ home field first welcomed a then-record Division III crowd of 37,355 for the University of St. Thomas’ 20-17 victory over St. John’s University on September 23, 2017; the venue hosted 34,544 fans on August 31, 2019, as North Dakota State University defeated Butler University by a score of 57–10.

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