1. Brand New Stadium
The brand new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium opened in 2016 and is a beautiful facility where any FCS football fan would love to watch a game. There are few better facilities in the FCS, so enjoy taking in a game at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
2. Dakota Marker
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and North Dakota State Bisons play each year for the Dakota Marker. The two teams first met in 1903, and since then they have developed a long running rivalry that became an annual fixture in 1919. In 2004, the Dakota Marker trophy was added to the rivalry, and today the winner of the SDSU-NDSU game takes home bragging rights as well as the trophy. The Bison may lead the all-time series 60-41-5, but you won’t want to miss it as the Jackrabbits try to draw nearer when these two meet this year.
3. Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band
Enjoy the performance of the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band when taking in an SDSU game. The band is a big part of the pageantry on display at Jackrabbits game, and they do an excellent job of keeping spirits high with their tunes.
4. Fan Fest
Fan Fest at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex opens two and a half hours before the game and is a fun place to hang out. Here you’ll find lots of family-friendly games and activities, so stop by and check it out.
5. South Dakota
South Dakota and South Dakota State are the two largest public universities in the state of South Dakota, and the two schools have been fighting it out in the gridiron since 1889. The rivalry has been played 112 times, and the Jackrabbits hold a slim 53-52-7 lead in the all-time series. You won’t want to miss it when the Jackrabbits take on the Coyotes, so make sure to get tickets to the annual SDSU-South Dakota game.
6. Jack the Jackrabbit
Keep an eye out for the SDSU mascot Jack the Jackrabbit. Fans young and old love Jack and you never know what kind of trouble he’ll get into next, so don’t miss him during your trip to Brookings.
Join in the cheers and chants lead by SDSU’s coed and all-girl cheer squads. The cheer squads do a fantastic job of riling up the crowd, especially at key moments, so join in the cheers and show off your SDSU pride.