Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Jacks Bash Kickoff Celebration?

The Jacks Bash Kickoff Celebration will mark the official grand opening of the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University.

When is the celebration?

It will be a long weekend celebration beginning with a concert on the evening of Thursday, September 8, 2016. The finale will be when the Jackrabbits host Drake University on Saturday, September 10, 2016 for SDSU’s first football game in the new venue.

Who will be performing at the Jacks Bash concert?

Current reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Lee Brice will join him for this historic night.

How many people are you expecting for the concert on Thursday, September 8?

We are expecting more than 25,000 to fill the stadium that evening. The stadium’s capacity for football games is 19,340. However, we will also be utilizing the football field as well for this event.

How are you preparing to handle that large of crowd?

We are partnering with Romeo Entertainment Group, one of the country’s leading organizations of large outdoor festivals and fairs, to plan, coordinate and produce this special event. We are also partnering with the appropriate state and local entities to ensure that this event is a great experience for everyone involved.

How is the concert being funded?

South Dakota based First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard are the exclusive sponsors and will underwrite the cost of the Luke Bryan concert. PREMIER and its leadership team, have had a long history of supporting the possibilities surrounding various post-secondary institutions within South Dakota and are once again excited to partner with South Dakota State University for this kickoff celebration of the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. The concert is a private event, however, season ticket holders and SDSU students will be invited to attend. A limited number of tickets will also be sold to the general public.

Are tickets being sold separately for the concert and the football game?

Yes. Tickets will need to be purchased separately for both events. However, season ticket holders and students will be given the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets.

When will concert tickets be available?

The concert celebration is first and foremost for SDSU students and Jackrabbit football fans. Even though this is a private event, a limited amount of tickets will be available to the general public. Following are details regarding the ticket sales:

  • Exclusive Pre-Sale for SDSU Students: Due to PREMIER’s sponsorship, students will be given the chance to purchase up to two general admission tickets at a discounted price of $25 per seat. The week of April 4, all SDSU students will be sent an email from the university with a unique code and website link that will allow them to purchase up to two tickets beginning Friday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Exclusive Pre-Sale for SDSU Football Season Ticket Holders: New and renewed Jackrabbit football season ticket holders will also be able to purchase reduced priced reserved seating concert tickets for $50 with priority going to those who purchased their season tickets prior to April 1. Season Ticket Holders will receive an email on April 11 with further details on how to take part in the exclusive pre-sale, which will begin April 15 at 8:00 a.m.
  • General Public On-Sale: A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. with tickets starting at $75 (not including applicable taxes and fees).
How can concert and/or football tickets be purchased?

For Jacks Bash Concert Tickets:

Concert tickets can be purchased through this site.

For Season Football Tickets:

Fans may purchase or renew season tickets online at or by contacting the Jackrabbit Ticket Office at 1-866-GO-JACKS.

Where can I go to get up-to-date information regarding the concert?

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