The South Dakota State Football season is just around the corner. In the offseason, the SDSU Athletic Department updated some game day operations.
The SDSU Athletic Department published information last week about the game-day changes you’ll see when you visit Dana J Dykehouse Stadium in the fall.
Most striking difference to years past is the addition alcohol sales during games, as well as other minor tweaks.
Here’s the complete South Dakota State Athletic Department release on what you can expect during game days at SDSU football games.
South Dakota State University’s football gamedays will be modified this fall to include changes in alcohol sales, tailgating, and parking.
Following approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents for the expansion of the sale of alcoholic drinks at campus events in June, University officials and Sodexo representatives met many times to finalize policies that will go into effect starting with the Jackrabbits home football opener at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Sept. 10.
In order to purchase alcohol, all fans — regardless of age — must present a valid ID at designated stations in tailgating areas or stadium concourses to receive a wristband and stamp for that day’s game. As age verification takes place at point of sale and beyond, board policy requires that every fan have their ID.
Stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff, with alcohol sales — consisting of beer and seltzer only — starting one hour prior to kickoff and ending at the conclusion of the third quarter as per BOR policy. Two sections in Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium are designated as an alcohol-free zone: Section 207, west grandstand, and Section123, east side.
Credit cards will only be accepted for transactions at the alcohol kiosks on the stadium concourses. SDSU students will not accept payment through campus meal plan for alcohol sales. There will be no SDSU-related alcohol sales in tailgating areas; fans may continue to bring beverages of their choice — with the exception of hard liquor — as prescribed by existing tailgating policies.
2022 Football Tailgating Alcohol map (PDF)
Frost Arena will begin selling alcohol later in the autumn.
TAILGTING AND TICKETS
SDSU Athletics added a tailgating option to its Pink Lot. This lot is located north and east of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. It can be reserved in advance to meet the demand for football tailgating. For $650, fans can reserve four (4) spaces in the hard-surface lot. All vehicles, structures, and other items must be removed no later than 5 p.m. each Sunday following each home match.
Contact the Jackrabbit Ticket Office (605) 688 5422 to inquire about single-game availability
2022 Tailgating Policy
All Jackrabbit home events in the 2022-23 athletics seasons will be digital. Tickets will be sent via text message or e-mail to the customers after they have purchased them. Single-game tickets, as well as season tickets and three-game mini-plans, remain on sale at JackrabbitTickets.com.
FAQ about digital ticketing (PDF)
PARKING AND TRAFFIC FLOW
The 2022 season will see changes in traffic patterns and parking. Vehicles must possess a valid parking pass to be allowed into the parking areas on the west side. Jackrabbit Avenue is the best way to access reserved parking lots east of Stadium.
A number of pay lots are available for general parking south and east Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Transactions are only possible with cash and cost $10 per stall.
2022 Jackrabbit Football Gameday Parking Map (PDF)
Please note, that North Campus Drive will be closed immediately south and west from the stadium for safety purposes starting 5 hours prior to kickoff.
All traffic from reserved lots will be directed south, either west to Medary Avenue, or east to 22, at the conclusion of this gamend Avenue. All other lots vehicles will be directed south to get to campus.
Traffic Flow Map — Ingress (Entering Stadium Complex) (PDF)
Traffic Flow Map — Egress (Exiting Stadium Complex) (PDF)
2022 JACKRABBIT FOOTBALL HOUSE SCHEDULE
Sept. 10 vs. UC Davis, Dairy Drive, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. Butler (Beef Bowl), 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 vs. Western Illinois, 2 p.m.
October 8 vs. South Dakota (Showdown Series), 2.
Oct. 29 vs. Indiana State (Hobo Day), 2 p.m.
Nov. 12 vs. Illinois State (Military Appreciation Day), 2 p.m.
You can visit their website to find out more about the SDSU Athletic Department, their football team, and their roster.
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