March 15, 2017 03:28 PM
The game is still more than six months away.
But already next September's college football matchup between St. Thomas and St. John's at Target Field is on pace to break the Division III all-time attendance mark.
The matchup between the two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Mike Kennedy, the manager of communications and publications for the Minnesota Twins, said around 16,000 tickets have been sold since they first went on sale in December.
The current Division III attendance record is 17,535. That came for a game between Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin-Whitewater last season at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater.
It broke the previous record of 17,327 drawn for the 2015 Johnnies/Tommies game in Collegeville. That game was preceded by a live broadcast of ESPN's "Sports Center on the Road" program.
Every regular-season meeting between St. John's and St. Thomas since 2009 has drawn a crowd of 10,000 or more. Last season's matchup, a 33-21 Tommies' road victory, attracted a crowd of 16,514.
General seating tickets to next season's game at Target Field cost between $15 and $35. About 2,000 student section tickets per school will be put on sale at some point this summer at a cost of $10 per student.
Officials from the Twins and the two schools announced last October that next season's game, which was originally a home game for St. Thomas, will become the first football game to be played at the Twins' home stadium.
Kennedy said the team is expecting to sell close to 25,000 tickets in all.
Updated: March 15, 2017 03:28 PM
Created: March 15, 2017 02:28 PM
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