University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Tuesday that the game times for the four home games in the DakotaDome will kick-off at 2 p.m., with the exception of the Northern Iowa game on Nov. 10 (noon) due to the South Dakota high school football championships in the DakotaDome.
The season begins with the trip to Montana on Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. CST. The Coyotes then return home to host Colgate in the Hall of Fame game at 2 p.m., Sept. 8 in the DakotaDome. After the bye week, the Coyotes travel to Big Ten Conference member Northwestern on Sept. 22 with the time of that game still to be determined by the Big Ten Network.
"We feel moving our regular kick time to 2 p.m. makes sense both from an attendance and gameday standpoint," Sayler said. "Coyote fans now will be able to tailgate in Coyote Tailgate Nation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to kickoff, and then enjoy all Vermillion has to offer following the games."
Following the Northwestern game, South Dakota begins its first season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a pair of home games at 2 p.m., beginning Sept. 29 with Illinois State, followed by an Oct. 6 matchup with Western Illinois for DakotaDays. From there, the Coyotes travel to Missouri State on Oct. 13 for a 1 p.m. start.
The Coyotes then host defending FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) National Champion North Dakota State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Sioux Falls at the newly renovated Howard Wood Field. It will be the first game, and exactly five years to the date, since the last time the Coyotes played at Howard Wood Field. USD downed Augustana College on Oct. 20, 2007, 38-17.
Trips to Indiana State (Oct. 27, 1:05 p.m. CST) and Youngstown State (Nov. 3, 12 p.m. CST) follow the NDSU game. The Coyotes close the home slate versus Northern Iowa for Senior Day on Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. in the DakotaDome.
The highly anticipated close to the 2012 regular season comes on Nov. 17 in Brookings as the Coyotes and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits renew their rivalry at 2 p.m. It will be the first meeting on the gridiron between the two teams since 2003 and the first meeting in Brookings since 2002.
Season tickets for the five home games, which includes the North Dakota State game in Sioux Falls, are on sale now in the Coyote Ticket Office or by calling (605) 677-5959. Coyote fans are encouraged to get their season tickets now to help ensure a good seat in the DakotaDome and at Howard Wood Field to "Spread the Red" in both venues.
Season ticket prices are $104. USD Faculty/Staff tickets are $89, while the Family Four Pack is $260.
The Coyote Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the DakotaDome. Single game tickets (including the NDSU game) go on sale Aug. 1.