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Iowa released its 2017 baseball schedule Monday afternoon, featuring 24 home games and an intriguing weekend tournament inside the Minnesota Vikings’ new home, U.S. Bank Stadium.

A series at South Florida (Feb. 17-19) kicks off the Hawkeyes’ season. Sandwiched in between the opening weekend and Iowa’s March 7 home opener against Northern Illinois are two additional weekend road trips.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Hoover, Ala., to face Morehead State (Feb. 24-26) and then head to Minneapolis for the DQ Classic (March 3-5), where Iowa will face Hawaii, Oral Roberts and Minnesota in a nonconference showdown. All games will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings’ $1 billion, state-of-the-art facility.

Additional nonconference weekend series include participation in the Snowbird Baseball Classic (March 10-12) in Port Charlotte, Fla., along with a trip to Kansas State (March 17-19) and a home set against UNLV (March 31-April 2).

Iowa’s Big 10 Conference slate features home series against Purdue (March 24-26), Rutgers (April 21-23), Penn State (April 28-30) and Ohio State (May 12-14), as well as road trips to Northwestern (April 7-9), Nebraska (April 14-16), Michigan State (May 5-7) and Illinois (May 18-20).

The 2017 Big 10 tournament will run May 24-28 at a to be determined location.

2017 schedule

February — 17: at South Florida, 5:30 p.m.; 18: at South Florida, 5:30 p.m.; 19: at South Florida, noon; 24: vs. Morehead State in Hoover, Ala., 4 p.m.; 25: vs. Morehead State, 2 p.m.; 26: vs. Morehead State, noon.

March — 3: vs. Hawaii in Minneapolis, noon; 4: vs. Oral Roberts in Minneapolis, 1 p.m.; 5: vs. Minnesota in Minneapolis, 3 p.m.; 7: vs. Northern Illinois, 3:05 p.m.; 10: vs. TBA in Port Charlotte, Fla., TBA; 11: vs. TBA in Port Charlotte, Fla., TBA; 12: DH vs. TBA in Port Charlotte, Fla., TBA; 15: vs. Iowa Wesleyan, 3:05 p.m.; 17: at Kansas State, 6:35 p.m.; 18: at Kansas State, 2:05 p.m.; 19: at Kansas State, 1:05 p.m.; 22: vs. Bradley, 4:05 p.m.; 24: vs. Purdue, 4:05 p.m.; 25: vs. Purdue, 2:05 p.m.; 26: vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m.; 29: vs. Grandview College, 4:05 p.m.; 31: vs. UNLV, 4:05 p.m.    

April — 1: vs. UNLV, 2:05 p.m.; 2: vs. UNLV, 1:05 p.m.; 4: vs. South Dakota State, 4:05 p.m.; 5: vs. South Dakota State, 3:05 p.m.; 7: at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m.; 8: at Northwestern, 2 p.m.; 9: at Northwestern, 1 p.m.; 11: vs. Western Illinois, 6:05 p.m.; 14: at Nebraska, 6:35 p.m.; 15: at Nebraska, 2:05 p.m.; 16: at Nebraska, 1:05 p.m.; 19: at Bradley, 7 p.m.; 21: vs. Rutgers, 6:05 p.m.; 22: vs. Rutgers, 2 p.m.; 23: vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m.; 25: vs. Milwaukee, 6:05 p.m.; 28: vs. Penn State, 6:05 p.m.; 29: vs. Penn State, 2 p.m.; 30: vs. Penn State, 1 p.m.

May — 2: at Western Illinois, 4 p.m.; 5: at Michigan State, 2:05 p.m., 6: at Michigan State, 12:05 p.m.; 7: at Michigan State 12:05 p.m.; 12: vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m.; 13: vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m.; 14: vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m.; 16: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 6:05 p.m.; 18: at Illinois, 6 p.m.; 19: at Illinois, 6 p.m.; 20: at Illinois, 1 p.m.; 24-28: Big 10 Tournament.   

Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting and Iowa athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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