Tommie-Johnnie Rivalry is Coming to an End

Tommie-Johnnie Rivalry is Coming to an End Click to Enlarge Photo: Go Johnnies (website)

(KNSI) - A decades-long rivalry is coming to an end.

Saturday, October 19th, marks the second to last Tommie-Johnnie football game as St. Thomas is involuntarily leaving the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), beginning the spring of 2021.

"There's a lot of tradition. This rivalry has been going on long before we were playing football at St. Johns," said Johnnies senior left tackle Ben Bartch.

The first Tommie-Johnnie football game was played in 1901. Saturday marks the 89th game.

"It's sad because they're our biggest rivalry, and there are so many people that get together for this game every year," said Johnnie's senior offensive line, Danny Greenheck.

The 2017 Tommie-Johnnie game brought in a crowd of more than 37,000 fans at Target Field. This year, the game will be hosted at Allianz stadium on behalf of St. Thomas.

The last Tommie-Johnnie game will be held next year at St. John's Clemens Stadium in Collegeville.

"It's unfortunate, but it's also exciting that we're a part of one of the last games," said Bartch.

Tickets for Saturday's game are still available and can be purchased here.