Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Today is the final Thursdays on First in Rochester. And, it's going to be a very busy sports day.

The popular downtown event started its 2017 run back on June 1st. There were a few rainouts this year but for the most part, it was another good season for vendors and participants. It runs from 11:00 - 8:30 and includes music at 5:00 and 7:00.

Good weather is expected today, which should mean a good crowd for the finale.

It may also be crowded in parts of downtown Minneapolis today, thanks to a triple-header in sports. The Twins play at noon at Target Field, the Gophers play their first football game of the season at TCF Bank stadium at 6:00 and the Vikings wrap up their preseason schedule with a 7:00 game against Miami at US Bank stadium.  

The Gopher game will mark the debut of new coach PJ Fleck. News-Talk 1340 KROC AM will have coverage of the game beginning at 5:00

photo courtesy Brad Trahan

Rochester’s 2017 high school football season kicks off Thursday evening with Lourdes in search of another state championship. The Eagles won the 2016 3A title and are looking for a repeat. They begin the new season at home with a 7:00 game against Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

The city’s three public schools open their seasons Friday night.