Dixie State University, the nation’s oldest college football team, played its inaugural game at Gallaudets football stadium in Fairfield, Illinois, on Saturday.
The Gallaudettes are the first Division II school in the United States to play in a state-of-the-art football stadium, the first for a Division II football team and the first non-power conference school to host a game at a venue like the Gallaghers, according to Gallaudes athletics director Jim Stegman.
The game was also the first time that the Gallags were hosting a game outside of their home state, according a Gallagets press release.
The DixieState men and women’s soccer team won their first-ever championship in the club’s 75-year history.
Gallaudets’ first-year coach, Tony Schilling, called it “a great opportunity for us to be a part of something historic and special.”
Gallaudet senior forward Jordan Lusby, who won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award, said he hopes his team can continue the momentum of the previous season and reach the NCAA tournament.
The program also has a pair of Division II soccer scholarships, according the release.
Gallaghers head coach Tony Schill said that while it’s a bittersweet experience, his team is proud to be able to play their home games at the football stadium.
The team plays at Gallaghes Stadium from Dec. 10-21.