Excitement is building in Brookings as South Dakota State University prepares to debut its brand new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday. To kick things off, three of the biggest names in country music are coming to town Thursday.
Students have been filing through the student union this week to make sure they get their wristbands for Jacks Bash. The celebration featuring country music stars, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Lee Brice has SDSU students excited.
“I just wanna go to the concert, and have fun i guess i am not really going for favorites or anything just to have a good time,” says SDSU freshman Bryce Bruner.
“I think the campus is excited, I'm excited, it's going to be a really fun time,” says SDSU journalism student Chandler Holland.
“I think it's a good way to get people excited for the new stadium,” says SDSU student Taylin Albrecht.
University officials are expecting 25,000 people to fill Dana J. Dykhouse stadium Thursday night. That would make Jacks Bash the largest single venue event in South Dakota history.
Since the announcement in March, crews have been hard at work preparing for the event. Tickets and wristbands have been distributed. Panels have been brought in to cover the new turf field to tolerate the crowd and the stage. Alcohol will be sold inside the stadium thanks to a new rule from the board of regents that allows the sale for special events.
University spokesman Mike Lockrem says the event could be a game changer for SDSU moving forward.
“I think it shows that we have the capabilities of doing these types of things, we have a venue now that can host these types of things. It may not be on the scale of a U.S. Bank Stadium but certainly it's a quality event that can attract these types of things,” Lockrem says.
Gates for the Jacks Bash open at 5:30 p.m., with the opening acts starting at 7 p.m. Those traveling to the concert are advised to allow more time to get there and to carpool to make parking more available.
There for more information about tickets and parking visit danajdykhousestadium.com.