Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium

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Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium 2016.jpg
View from east in 2016
Brookings is located in the United States
Brookings
Brookings
Location in the United States
Brookings is located in South Dakota
Brookings
Brookings
Location in South Dakota
Address1396 Stadium Road
LocationSouth Dakota State University
Brookings, South DakotaU.S.
Coordinates44°19′16″N 96°46′48″W / 44.321°N 96.780°W / 44.321; -96.780Coordinates: 44°19′16″N 96°46′48″W / 44.321°N 96.780°W / 44.321; -96.780
OwnerSouth Dakota State University
OperatorSouth Dakota State University
Capacity19,340
Record attendance19,371
SurfaceAstroTurf
Construction
Broke ground2014
Opened2016; 6 years ago (2016)[1]
Construction cost$65 million
Tenants
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (NCAA)
(2016–present)
Brookings High School Bobcats (SDHSAA)
(2016–present)

The Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in the north central United States, on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. It is the home venue of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The stadium was constructed in phases on the previous Coughlin-Alumni Stadium site and has a seating capacity of 19,340. The field has a traditional north-south alignment at an approximate elevation of 1,620 feet (495 m) above sea level.

It was funded through private gifts and long-term revenue streams, including expanded club seats, loge boxes, and a premium suite level. Lead gifts totaling $12.5 million from Sioux Falls banker Dana Dykhouse and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford were announced in October 2013 and the stadium opened in 2016.

The stadium project was approved by the state Legislature during the 2014 session and signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Construction began in the fall of 2014 with the east and south stands completed in August 2015; the remainder of the project was finished by the next football season in August 2016.[2]

History[edit]

The opening event at the stadium in 2016 was the Jacks Bash concert, which featured country music artists Lee Brice, Little Big Town, and Luke Bryan on September 8. Two days later, the football team opened up the stadium with a 56–28 win over the Drake Bulldogs. SDSU posted a 6–1 record at home during the 2016 season, including a playoff win over the Villanova Wildcats.

South Dakota State posted a 30–5 (.857) record at the stadium in its first five seasons.

Attendance records[edit]

Rank Attendance Date Game Result
1 19,371 October 26, 2019 3 South Dakota State 16, 1 North Dakota State 23
2 18,130 November 4, 2017 10 South Dakota State 33, 2 North Dakota State 21
3 18,122 November 6, 2021 9 South Dakota State 27, 2 North Dakota State 19
4 17,730 October 22, 2016 7 South Dakota State 24, 13 Youngstown State 10
5 16,887 September 17, 2016 9 South Dakota State 31, Cal Poly 38
6 15,806 September 16, 2017 4 South Dakota State 51, Drake 10
7 15,345 November 12, 2016 11 South Dakota State 28, South Dakota 21
8 15,171 September 10, 2016 9 South Dakota State 56, Drake 28
9 15,162 September 11, 2021 2 South Dakota State 52, Lindenwood 7
10 14,614 September 8, 2018 3 South Dakota State 45, Montana State 14
11 14,526 September 15, 2018 3 South Dakota State 90, Arkansas–Pine Bluff 6
12 14,427 October 2, 2021 2 South Dakota State 55, Dixie State 7
13 14,357 October 13, 2018 2 South Dakota State 36, Youngstown State 7
14 14,347 October 14, 2017 7 South Dakota State 18, Northern Iowa 38
15 14,269 September 21, 2019 3 South Dakota State 43, Arkansas–Pine Bluff 7
16 14,155 October 1, 2016 15 South Dakota State 52, 8 Western Illinois 14
17 13,776 October 5, 2019 3 South Dakota State 28, Southern Illinois 10
18 12,891 October 7, 2017 8 South Dakota State 49, Southern Illinois 14
19 12,381 October 12, 2019 3 South Dakota State 38, 19 Youngstown State 28
20 12,218 August 31, 2017 4 South Dakota State 51, Duquesne 13

Student Section[edit]

The Student section for South Dakota State sits on the south end of the stadium with the band centered in the middle. The student section often fills the end zone and helps to create a loud environment inside of Dana J Dkyhouse Stadium. On August 31, 2017, South Dakota State broke a student attendance record when 4,251 students packed the stands against Duquesne in the stadiums first ever Thursday night game. South Dakota State won the game 51-14.

South Dakota State's student section has an official student organization called the Barnyard Cadets. This group organizes a student gathering on campus before each Jackrabbit home game before the whole student body walks toward the stadium from the south.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium Gameday Information".
  2. ^ "The Official Site of South Dakota State Athletics". www.gojacks.com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.