USD & SDSU fans stuck in Sioux Falls after I-29 closure

Sioux Falls, SD (KSFY) Interstate 29 shut down around 6:30 Monday night, right as South Dakota’s two largest universities were set to compete in the Summit League's semi-finals in Sioux Falls.

While many fans from Brookings and Vermillion were already planning to stay the night in Sioux Falls, the closure meant a few fans had to find a last minute place to stay.

“We decided about 1 o’clock hey, the men’s game is can't miss, its SDSU vs. NDSU, got to go,” SDSU student Carter Roach said.

SDSU fans from Brookings say the drive down was a little tough.

“Roads were a little icy but we battled the conditions and we made it down,” Roach said.

But braving the storm to make it home after the game was no longer an option.

“The original plan was going home tonight, but thankfully we have some friends in Sioux Falls that I think are going to house us for the night,” Roach said.

“Not going to go home tonight because the interstate is closed so we rented a room in town,” SDSU fan Mark Hausman said.

Hotels around Sioux Falls were handling an avalanche of calls for last minute rooms. While some hotels were already fully booked, there were a few options for stranded travelers to spend the night.

“I was planning ahead because of the weather, I brought clothes and stuff so I can stay at my daughter's house,” USD fan from Gayville Brian Anderson said.

“Living in South Dakota you have to be ready for anything,” Roach said.

A lot of the fans planned ahead for the winter weather, many even leaving early from Brookings and Vermillion to get to Sioux Falls before the snow hit Monday morning.