Luke Bryan to headline Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in September

The largest football facility in the Dakotas will open this September with a concert by one of the biggest names in country music.

Luke Bryan, Country Music Association’s and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year 2015, will perform at the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium Thursday, Sept. 8. This is two days before the South Dakota State University football team takes the field for the first time in the new venue, hosting Drake University.

Bryan has sold more than seven million albums worldwide. Before taking the stage in Brookings, he will perform at several sports venues around the country, including Wrigley Field in Chicago and the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.

“This concert is first and foremost a celebration for SDSU students and Jackrabbit football fans,” said Justin Sell, SDSU director of athletics. “However, we also are looking forward to introducing thousands more from around the region to come celebrate this great new stadium and the growing stature of Division I athletics in South Dakota.”

The kickoff celebration, called Jacks Bash, is a joint effort by SDSU and South Dakota-based First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, the exclusive sponsor of the concert. Organizers are expecting more than 25,000 people for the private event. 

Due to PREMIER’s sponsorship, students will be given the chance to purchase tickets at a discounted price of $25 per seat. Students will be sent an email with a unique access code that will provide them with the ability to purchase tickets, starting April 8. 

New and renewed Jackrabbit football season ticket holders will also be able to purchase reduced priced tickets for $50. A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public April 29 with tickets starting at $75 (not including applicable taxes and fees).

“When the new stadium opens in September, it will be one of the best in the country. It is designed to serve Jackrabbit football and its fans for generations to come,” said Dana Dykhouse, CEO of First PREMIER Bank. “But we only have one opening weekend. We want to give the program’s faithful fans and the students of SDSU a kickoff celebration they’ll never forget.”