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South Dakota High School All-Star Football Game Moving to DakotaDome in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota high school all-star football game will be played in USD’s DakotaDome starting this summer, the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co. (VCDC) said Tuesday in announcing that it had won the bid and secured title sponsorship from Sanford Health.

It will be July 9 this year but in early June thereafter. The registration fee, which had been as much as $300 per player, will be free, thanks to the collective sponsors that worked to bring the game to Vermillion. Players will stay in air-conditioned residence halls at the University of South Dakota and attend evening activities and a recognition banquet that will also be open to alumni, coaches and families.

“Once we heard of the opportunity that a new community could host this great event, we were excited,” Nate Welch, executive director of the VCDC, said of the games that had been played in Aberdeen.

For details, contact Tim Bellis, tourism and marketing coordinator for VCDC, at 605-624-5571 or


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News