Augustana Football Announces Beer Garden Expansion
The Augustana Vikings football team will be looking to have a wonderful season on the field in 2022 and the Athletic Department is looking to make the viewing experience at home games just as wonderful.
This week, Augustana announced their 2022 football promotional schedule and included in the announcement was some news that will have a lot of people happy.
Augie announced that they will be expanding their "Beer Gardens" during football games at home this season.
Augustana football will open up their season at home on September 10 at KO Stadium.
Here is the complete release from the University on the promotional schedule and beer garden news.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An expansion of JJ's Beer Garden for Augustana football games at Kirkeby-Over Stadium highlights the gameday experience for the 100th season of Augustana football, presented by CorTrust Bank.
After a successful 2021 season with the beer garden in K-O Stadium, the gameday experience will safely allow alcohol consumption throughout much of Kirkeby-Over Stadium. A single point of sale will remain in the beer garden, located in the southeast corner of the stadium, where fans will then be able to bring their beverage back to their seats.
Alcohol-free zones will exist throughout the stadium, notably sections 107, 108, 109, the northwest grass berm and section 202 on the visitor sidelines. A map of the alcohol-free zones can be found here.
Entrance into JJ's Beer Garden will remain the same as last season, while JJ's Wine, Spirits and Cigars will continue to manage the beer garden including using its professionally trained staff to ID and wristband those that are 21 and over. The serving area will close at the conclusion of the third quarter.
More on the Augustana Alcohol Policy can be found here.
The gameday experience will continue to be second-to-none at Kirkeby-Over Stadium, beginning with entering the stadium with the digital-first ticketing system. Fans who purchase tickets ahead of the game at GoAugie.com/Tickets will receive their tickets digitally. From there, fans have the opportunity to present their tickets on their smartphones or print their tickets at home. Single game tickets purchased at the ticket window can have their tickets printed, texted or emailed at the time of purchase.
The GoAugie mobile app, presented by CellOnly, provides the easiest and most convenient way for fans to purchase tickets. The app also features quick access to event schedules, rosters and team information, customizable push notifications, live and archived video, and more. The free app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
On gamedays, parking lots open at 8 a.m., including the First PREMIER Tailgate (west) lot. Parking is free to A-Club members with their passes (if applicable), and only $10 per spot for the public.
Augieville, the site for all pregame festivities, gets underway at 11:30 a.m., with appearances by the Viking Marching Band and Augustana Spirit Squads as well as the A-Club Tailgate sponsored by the South Dakota Beef Council. A-Club members will receive a free meal with their Viking Pass at the A-Club Tailgate and fans who are not A-Club members can purchase that same meal for $10.
In addition, Augustana students have a space in Augieville designated specifically for them to create their own tailgate, led by student support organization SKOL. Augieville is located north and west of Kirkeby-Over Stadium on the practice football field.
The Viking Marching Band will treat fans to pregame and halftime performances alongside the sounds of the atmosphere of a college football game coming from the band. 2021 marked the return of the Viking Marching Band while 2022 will only continue to add to the traditions of Viking Football game days.
Learn more about the marching band at: https://www.augie.edu/vikingmarchingband.
The 2022 football schedule is full of top contests as the Vikings enter not only as the defending NSIC Champions but also the preseason favorites based on the preseason NSIC Coaches' Poll. Augustana is coming off two-straight NCAA Division II Playoffs appearances and has won 11-straight games inside Kirkeby-Over Stadium.
The home slate gets underway on Sept. 10 against Bemidji State in the annual Be Bold, Wear Gold game. The contest is a partnership between Augiethon and the Sanford Health Foundation in support of Cure Kids Cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear Gold and the first 1,500 fans will receive a gold rally towel sponsored by CorTrust Bank.
Fans are also encouraged to participate in a Tailgate Food Contest sponsored by the South Dakota Beef Council. Cook up your favorite beef-based tailgate food and have it judged by special guests.
On Sept. 24, the Vikings host Northern State on Military Day with the South Dakota National Guard in attendance. In addition, the contest is the annual Hall of Fame Game where the 2022 Augustana Hall of Fame Class will be introduced at halftime. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet taking place Sept. 23 can be purchased here: www.AugieLink.com/HallofFame
For the first time since 2018, the 'Key to the City' game will take place in Kirkeby-Over Stadium on Oct. 1. With Midco as the gameday sponsor for the showdown for schools separated by just blocks, the first 3,000 fans will receive rally poms courtesy of Midco.
Viking Days arrives on Saturday, Oct. 15, as AU hosts Wayne State. The homecoming parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and runs from University Place to 33rd street on Grange Ave. Viking Days Royalty will be introduced at halftime. Additional information on Viking Days and a full schedule can be found at Augie.com/Viking-Days.
While celebrating 100 years of football, Oct. 22 is the 50th annual Shrine Football Game. For information on events surrounding the Shrine Game, head to ElRiad.org/shrine-football-game.
The regular season home finale is slated for Nov. 5 as Augustana plays host to Minnesota Duluth on Senior Day.
All home games kick off at 1 p.m., with parking lots opening at 8 a.m. each Saturday and Augieville activities underway at 11:30 a.m. For more information on Augustana Football and 2022 events and promotions, stay tuned to GoAugie.com and follow @GoAugie on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Augustana Athletics Alcohol Sales Policy for 2022 Football Season
- All guests must be 21 years of age and show a valid ID to obtain a wristband and entrance into the beer garden
- A valid wristband is required at the time of purchase for tickets and redemption of beer
- A limit of two beers may be purchased at one time
- Guests are allowed to bring their beer/wine back to their seats so long as those seats are outside of the "Alcohol-Free Zones" shown below
- Guests are not allowed to give alcohol to other guests under the age of 21
- Sales will begin at noon
- Sales will end when the game clock has expired at the conclusion of the third quarter
- Guests are not allowed to bring alcohol into Kirkeby-Over Stadium
- Augustana Athletics reserves the right to search guests for alcoholic beverages as well as the right to refuse service of alcohol at its discretion
- Failure to adhere to these policy guidelines may result in ejection from the stadium without a refund
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