South Dakota State is one of eight men’s basketball teams selected to play in the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic. The four-game classic will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at U.S. Bank Stadium, with the Jackrabbits scheduled to take on Northern Iowa in the finale of the two-day event.
“We are excited to provide fans with an awesome opportunity to experience great basketball games at U.S. Bank Stadium in advance of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four,” says Patrick Talty, SMG General Manager at U.S. Bank Stadium. “The U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic is an accessible way for college basketball fans to enjoy a game in this unique setting. Our participating schools deliver strong match-ups for attendees, and we look forward to working with each university to give their athletes, fans, alumni, and staff a world-class experience.”
U.S. Bank Stadium is the home of the Minnesota Vikings and a wide variety of events, including Super Bowl LII and ESPN’s Summer X Games. Since opening in July 2016, the stadium has welcomed over three million visitors, quickly becoming one of the premier stadiums in the world. This basketball classic includes teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Oklahoma, and will be the first basketball event in U.S. Bank Stadium’s history.
“It is an honor for the Jackrabbits to be a part of the inaugural basketball event at U.S. Bank Stadium,” South Dakota State head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We look forward to competing in front of our fans and a large alumni contingent in Minneapolis.”
Tickets for the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic go on sale Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m., and are available for single-day packages, which start at $15 per seat, or two-day packages in select price levels.
A pre-game Tailgate Party, hosted in the Delta Sky360 Club with food and beverage specials, is available for $35 and begins three hours prior to the first game each day. Tickets for the Tailgate Party are available to the public for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in addition to tickets for the game. All tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
Following is the complete schedule for the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic (all times tentative):
Friday, Nov. 30
• St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. Wisconsin-River Falls, 6 p.m.
• Oklahoma State vs. Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1
• North Dakota State vs. Drake, 5:30 p.m.
• South Dakota State vs. Northern Iowa, 8 p.m.