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First ever NCAA college football game at Busch Stadium announced

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that longtime rivals Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University will play each other at Busch Stadium on Saturday, September 21st.  Kickoff is set for 1 PM.  

"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."

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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 3rd.  For tickets and additional details, fans should go to cardinals.com/football. Be sure to join the conversation with #footballatbusch

As the iconic home of one the most storied franchises in baseball, Busch Stadium is one of the most sought after special event venues in St. Louis.   Since it was opened in 2006, Busch Stadium has hosted over a thousand special events ranging from corporate meetings, weddings and charity events to one-of-kind concerts such as Dave Mathews Band, the Eagles and U2. This will be the first football game and the second major non-baseball sporting event held at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals will host an international soccer match between the English Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City in May.   

About Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Cape Girardeau and is one of Missouri's most academically competitive comprehensive, regional universities. Founded in 1873, Southeast offers 200 areas of study with numerous academic accreditations and is the only university in Missouri to have a separate campus dedicated to art, dance, music and theatre. With nearly 12,000 students, Southeast is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. It offers small classes with 97 percent of courses having fewer than 50 students and an overall student-faculty ratio of 22 to 1. Students come from nearly 50 states and countries around the world. Both U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review rank Southeast among the best in the Midwest. Athletically, Southeast is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and has 15 sports which compete at the NCAA Division I level. The Redhawks are in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA). Southeast won the OVC Championship and made its first-ever NCAA Playoff appearance in 2010.

About Southern Illinois University

From its humble beginnings as the state's second teachers college - founded in 1869 with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 - Southern Illinois University is the fourth- oldest of Illinois' thirteen (13) state universities. SIU includes eight colleges and three schools: the Graduate School and the School of Law in Carbondale and the School of Medicine in Carbondale and Springfield. Each year, we welcome students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries who take advantage of outstanding academic programs as they pursue associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in law and medicine. Athletically, SIU is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and sponsors 18 sports which compete at the NCAA Division I level. The Salukis are in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA). SIU won the I-AA National Championship in 1983 and made seven-straight playoff appearances from 2003-09.

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