South Dakota State Likely to Host 2019 Football State Championships

Renovations are going to be taking place at the Dakotadome in Vermillion which is going to hinder the state championships that are usually played inside the dome. Instead, it was proposed that the 2019 state football championships could be held at Dana J. Dykhouse stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University. Previously the board determined that work being done at the DakotaDome at the University of South Dakota, where the championship games are usually held, would limit the seats available for high school football’s biggest games. SDHSAA has the DakotaDome leased through 2026. USD has agreed on acknowledging that it cannot host the championships in 2019. For that year, the $50,000 rental fee would be waived. A preliminary proposed agreement with SDSU calls for four games on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11 AM 1:45 PM, 4:30 PM and 7:15 PM. Three games on Friday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 PM, 4:15 PM and 7 PM. SDSU has a home football game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16. The board will act on a contract with SDSU at its next meeting in June.