Champps Coyote Tailgate Express set for maiden voyage

This season, the University of South Dakota athletic department has partnered with Champps Americana Sports Caf� in Sioux Falls to provide the Champps Coyote Tailgate Express bus to all Coyote home football games for fans living in the Sioux Falls area, Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Monday.

The bus will depart from Champps Americana Sports Caf� in Sioux Falls (2101 West 41st Street) three hours prior to kick-off and arrive at the DakotaDome in plenty of time for Coyote fans to tailgate, enjoy the pre-game festivities and the cheer the Coyotes to victory.  The bus then will depart the DakotaDome 30 minutes after the game ends and will return to Champps.  All riders can bring food and drink on the bus for the ride to/from Vermillion and to use at Bud Light Coyote Tailgate Nation upon arrival.

Fans with tickets, can ride the bus for just $15 per person.  Fans who do not have tickets can ride the bus for $25, which includes an adult game ticket. Children under the age of 12 can ride and purchase a game ticket for $20.  Fans without tickets for the Dakota Days game on Oct. 8 versus Southern Utah, can ride and purchase tickets for $30 for adults and $25 for children.

Fans must reserve their seat (and game ticket if needed) on the bus by going to www.usdalumni.com and click on EVENTS by 12 p.m. on the Friday preceding each game.  Reservations also can be purchased by contacting the Coyote Ticket Office at (605) 677-5959 or tickets@usd.edu.

South Dakota opens the 2011 home-season against defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Eastern Washington University at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the DakotaDome.

The Coyotes open the 2011 season at Air Force on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

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