Two years, $65 million and 19,000 seats later, The South Dakota State University football stadium is officially complete.
And two weeks before the first game, fans got a sneak peek inside.
"The new stadium just gives the whole football atmosphere like it has a better vibe,” says SDSU student Gage Nelson.
"It's going to bring out the excitement in everybody and it's just going to be a lot of fun,” adds Abbie Stotesbery, who is also a student.
SDSU fans sat down for the first time in the newly finished Dana J Dykhouse stadium watching the stars of the stage: the football team practice.
"Over the last 7 years, I don't think I ever missed a home game,” says Lori Rice of Brookings.
For long-time fans, the open house gave them a little glimpse of what's to come in the upcoming season.
"It's wonderful for the town of Brookings, its wonderful for SDSU; it’s just a great great place,” explains Rice.
The transition from the 50-year-old Coughlin- Alumni Stadium to this stadium was done in two parts.
The south and east side were completed first.
Then it was the west side’s turn, including the tower and installing the turf.
"Having half of it done last year was awesome, but somewhat doesn't compare to the half that's done this year, because all the amenities that the fans are going to have that they're not used to having,” says Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeff Holm.
Those amenities are suite and club levels, concessions and restrooms.
"It's not just a football game anymore it's an event and we want to make sure we're giving people what they want and need,” adds Holm; and the fans agree.
"This stadium is definitely something to be proud about,” says Nelson.
The stadium officially opens on September 8th when Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Lee Brice perform.
The first football game will take place two days later against Drake.