Military Appreciation Day features the singing of “God Bless America” at the end of the first quarter, a halftime performance by the Sound of USD honoring service men and women with an “Armed Forces Salute” and a special presentation of the game ball by members of USD’s ROTC unit, who will repel from the rafters of the Dome with the game ball prior to the Coyote football team entering the field. The ball will be presented to Sgt. Corey Briest, who is a Wounded Warrior from Yankton, S.D. and will be honored as an honorary captain.

Veterans and military personnel will be admitted free to the football game with coupon while tickets for family members of veterans and military personnel will be discounted half the price of regular admission. Military Appreciation Day also includes free admission to Coyote Tailgate Nation for all active military and veterans along with their families courtesy of USD’s radio partner KVHT - Classic Hits 106.3 and its partners Conklin Distributing, Bertz Sports Bar, Schempp Building Supply and Coyote Cheek Cheers.

“It’s a special day for students and fans of USD to show their support for military personnel and veterans who have given their time, their lives for the freedom we enjoy today,” said Jason Dean, USD Veterans Coordinator. “It’s also a great way for us to promote awareness of veterans and their families on Veterans Day weekend.”

Military Appreciation Day coupons are available for veterans, retired or active duty military members, National Guard and reserves from all branches at the following locations: the Muenster University Center Information Desk, USD ROTC Office (Burr House, corner of Cherry and University Streets), the Vermillion Eagles Club, Vermillion National Guard Armory, Yankton National Guard Armory, Sioux City Air National Guard Base and Army National Guard Armory, Sioux Falls National Guard Armory or online at (under the “Promotions” tab). The coupons must be redeemed for a game ticket at the USD Box Office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the day of the game.

For more information about Military Appreciation Day or to learn more about redeeming Military Appreciation Day coupons for tickets to the game, please go to or call (605) 677-5959.

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