VERMILLION — South Dakota athletics cordially invites all fans to the inaugural Coyote Block Party, a kick-off event for the 2019 season, held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, outside the DakotaDome.

The Coyote Block Party will include free food, beer, drinks, autograph sessions and fun for the whole family. Knock someone into the dunk tank, challenge a friend to a game of corn hole and hear from Coyote head coaches at this unique kick-off event.

Special guests will include USD athletic director David Herbster, football head coach Bob Nielson, volleyball head coach Leanne Williamson, women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit, along with Coyote student-athletes. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Coyote Block Party.

The event will be the first chance for the general public to purchase single-game tickets for the 2019 football season. Season tickets will also be on sale for football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball.

Fans will be able to learn more about the DakotaDome renovation, check out renderings and see the progress by attending the Coyote Block Party. The DakotaDome Club area will be open and available to check out the construction progress in person.

To wrap up the evening, fans are encouraged to check out the Coyote volleyball team, with eight returning letterwinners from the 2018 NCAA Tournament team, in action. South Dakota will face off against Minnesota State inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in an exhibition match. Admission is free.

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