MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This weekend, a professional ballpark will become home to one of the longest-running college football rivalries in the country.
On Saturday, Target Field will host the St. Thomas/St. John’s football game. The goal posts are in, the pitcher’s mound is gone and the infield dirt is covered.
The Target Field groundskeepers began the ballpark transformation Wednesday afternoon by painting football lines and University of St. Thomas logo on the 50-yard line of the grass. It is a home game for the Tommies. It’s also the 87th meeting between the two rivals.
St. John’s enters the game 3-0 and ranked No. 6 nationally in Division III. St. Thomas bounced back from a non-conference loss at UW-Stout with a 63-0 win at Carleton last week. The Tommies are ranked No. 10 in the country.
St. Thomas has beaten St. John’s three straight times, including a playoff victory in 2015. The last St. John’s victory came in 2014.
Gates open at 11 a.m. Kick-off is at 1:10. This is the inaugural football game at Target Field. Last year, it hosted a Major League Soccer match.