September 22, 2017 11:05 AM
With a week-and-a-half before St. John's and St. Thomas are scheduled to play the first football game at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins say a little over 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
The matchup between the two Division III MIAC archrivals is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 23. It will mark the first football game to be played at Twins' home stadium.
Dustin Morse, the Twins senior director of communications, said ticket sales have already crossed the 30,000 mark. Which means the matchup will shatter the unofficial Division III attendance record.
The current Division III mark is 17,535, which 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.
St. Thomas is off to a 1-1 start this season. St. John's is 2-0. Both teams play in Northfield this Saturday. The Tommies take on Carleton at 1:10 p.m. The Johnnies face St. Olaf at 1 p.m.
St. John's is ranked No. 7 in this week's D3football.com Division III top 25 poll. St. Thomas is ranked No. 10.
Updated: September 22, 2017 11:05 AM
Created: September 13, 2017 04:15 PM
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