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Rivals St. Thomas and St. John’s set Division III attendance record in first football game at Target Field

Rivals St. Thomas and St. John’s set Division III attendance record in first football game at Target Field

It was All Saints Day in Minneapolis on Saturday.

St. Thomas and St. John’s played for the 87th time in a rivalry that began in 1901. The game, which is played for the “Holy Grail,” had to have officials from both screaming “Holy cow!” when the box office receipts were added up.

A crowd of 37,355 showed up to see the first football game at Target Field, more than doubling the NCAA Division III record for largest crowd which was set last season when Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin Whitewater had 17,535 in attendance.

Saturday’s crowd size topped attendance at 20 of the 40 bowl games last season. But Bowl officials shouldn’t weep. The Minnesota Twins, who play at Target...

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