- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State University football team has started practicing in its new stadium.

The Jackrabbits are moving from the 50-year-old Coughlin-Alumni Stadium into the $65 million Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. The Argus Leader reports the team kicked off practice in the new facility Thursday.

Construction on the 19,300-seat stadium began in 2014. Running back Brady Mengarelli says the team has been following the stadium’s progress all summer, and actually being in the facility is exciting.

Head coach John Stiegelmeier tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan that the stadium has “a wow factor.” He says the team is eager to become familiar with it so it feels like home. He says, “we don’t want to be visitors in our own stadium.”

The first game is Sept. 10, against Drake.

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