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Busch Stadium to Host First College Football Game

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that the football teams of longtime rivals Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University will play each other at Busch Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

“We are thrilled to host our first football game in Busch Stadium with two great schools that have such a large following in St. Louis,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “We are excited to showcase the versatility of Busch Stadium as a multi-use sports venue.”

This will be the 81st game between Southeast and SIU, who have close to 40,000 local alumni in St. Louis, as well as thousands of students from the St. Louis area.

“We’d like to thank the St. Louis Cardinals for the opportunity to play this game at Busch Stadium,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, President of Southeast Missouri State University. “Nearly 40 percent of this year’s freshmen class at Southeast is from the greater St. Louis region, and playing this game at Busch Stadium is exciting for all our students, and great exposure for our University and the Redhawk football program.”

“Southern Illinois is definitely Cardinals’ country, so this is a great fit for our University and football program,” said Rita Cheng, Chancellor of Southern Illinois University. “It will be a great experience for our student-athletes and for our fans on both sides of the river.”

Ticket prices start at $10 and will go on sale June 3.  For tickets and additional details, fans should go to

You can watch the Press Conference as it was announced here.

Press Release Courtesy of St. Louis Cardinals

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