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South Dakota State to face Drake at stadium opener

<p>South Dakota State will christen its new football stadium in 2016 with the first of three-game series against Drake.</p>

Brookings, SD (SportsNetwork.com) - South Dakota State will christen its new football stadium in 2016 with the first of three-game series against Drake.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference program announced Thursday the two FCS teams will first meet at the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Sept. 10, 2016.

They also will square off on Sept. 16, 2017 at Dykhouse Stadium and Sept. 14, 2019 at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa.

Construction on SDSU's 19,340-seat Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium is scheduled to begin this fall. The project will be completed in phases at the current Coughlin-Alumni Stadium site.

"Again, I am appreciative of our administration in supporting the pursuit of great competition for our players," SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. "Having quality opponents remains a priority in both our programs and the Jacks look forward to competing against Drake. This series also allows each of our fan contingencies an easy opportunity to travel and support their program."

Drake holds a 8-2 series lead, although South Dakota State won the most recent meeting in 1983.

Drake is a member of the Pioneer Football League.

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