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.

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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.

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