South Dakota State University’s Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium Officially Opens with Jacks Bash, Concert
The Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University officially opened for business on Thursday night with the Jacks Bash.
The new stadium, which took about two years to build, is now the largest football stadium in South Dakota with 19,340 seets.
The official kick-off of the stadium featured a country music concert by Lee Brice, Little Big Town and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan in front of an estimated 25,000 people. Ironically, that is more than the population of Brookings, home of South Dakota State University.
"The message it sends is South Dakota can do it. South Dakota is part of the big time," Dana J. Dykhouse, whose name adorns the stadium, told KDLT News. "Tonight we’ll be the third largest city in the state of South Dakota right here in this stadium, and that's exciting for us."
"To get tot he point where we finally have a new stadium, I think it really put us on the map. When we made the decision to go Division I we knew that our athletes would step up, out students would step up, in fact the entire state did our donors, and this is the accumulation of all of that," went on to tell KDLT News.
Of course, the stadium was ostensibly built to house the SDSU Jackrabbits football team. They will christen the stadium on Saturday when they take on Drake University.