As a St. Thomas student, I consider the Tommie-Johnnie football game to be almost like a holiday, and personally, one of my favorite days of the entire year. There was a special announcement recently made regarding TOJO for the upcoming 2017 season leaving the Tommies with a lot of anticipated excitement.
As one of the country’s best college football rivalries between the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, this annual game, will take on a new twist in the 2017. Dating back over a century, this historic rivalry, known as Tommie-Johnnie, will be held at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.
The Twins President, Dave St. Peter, is quoted saying, “The Twins organization is honored and excited to be hosting one of Minnesota’s great traditions.” This will be the first-ever football game to be played at Target Field, and this Tommie-Johnnie rivalry is promised to be a memorable experience for the players, coaches and fans alike.
Both the Tommies and the Johnnies are ready to soar attendance records of this historic game of 17,327 to the Target Field seating capacity of 39,000. The St. Thomas head football coach, Glenn Caruso, explains that his team is excited for many reasons. “What a great opportunity to play the nation’s biggest Division III rivalry in a venue such as Target Field. It not only allows us to highlight both proud institutions and our tremendous history, but it also lets us bring the game to a much larger game-day audience.”
Mark your calendars for kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as this game is going to be unlike anything you have experienced before. Tickets will be made available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6th for St. Thomas football season ticket holders as well as Twins season ticket holders. For the greater St. Thomas community tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, December 13th. More information can be found through the Twins ticket office.