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Annual Johnnie-Tommie game to take place at U.S. Bank Stadium

This could be the last chance to see the 119-year rivalry in action.
The rivalry between the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University football teams dates back to 1901.

MINNEAPOLIS — The classic rivalry between the Johnnies and the Tommies will see its next showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium this fall.

St. John's University announced Wednesday that the highly anticipated annual game will take place at the stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.

This could be the last match-up between the age-old rivals, as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has removed the University of St. Thomas from their membership beginning in spring 2021. In October, St. Thomas announced that it's been invited to join the NCAA Division I in the Summit League.

The competition between the two schools has gone on for 119 years on various football fields. Their last meeting is also going to be the first college football game ever held at U.S. Bank.

St. John's won the last game against St. Thomas 38-20, at Allianz Field in St. Paul. The 2020 game will be the 90th one in the series. The Johnnies lead overall, 53-35-1.

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“U.S. Bank Stadium will be an incredible venue to host this historic game,” said St. John's head football coach Gary Fasching in a news release Wednesday. “We want everyone to be able to see this final game in one of college football’s great rivalries.” 

The latest attendance record for the Johnnie-Tommie game is 37,355, for the 2017 game at Target Field. St. John's Athletic Director Bob Alpers said ticket demand for this November game has already been "off the charts."

"U.S. Bank Stadium will offer a fantastic atmosphere for two outstanding football programs to celebrate one of the best rivalries in all of college football," said St. Thomas Vice-President and Director of Athletics Phil Esten. “We are grateful to Saint John's and U.S. Bank Stadium for providing such an opportunity."

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. They are available in person at the U.S. Bank Stadium ticket office, or at ticketmaster.com.

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