The opening of U.S. Bank Stadium means a new state tournament venue for Minnesota football teams
It also means a later start to the season. Teams west of the Mississippi River holding their first practice Monday.
La Crescent coming off a 3-5 season and loses most of its offensive weapons.
Head coach Brad Groth says the competition for those roles are wide open as camp begins.
The Lancers putting a lot of emphasis on the run game after struggling to get it going on offense and giving up too many yards on defense.
"We're taking a look at a few different formations but mainly it just comes down to the guys up front. We probably have the most experience up front, as far as offensive line goes since I've been here," Groth said.
We just have o be more aggressive, come out and hit them harder than they hit you and try to make holes for our running back to make some moves," said senior lineman Will Rommes.
A tough task awaits the Lancers in their season opener.
They take on defending Class AA state champ Caledonia September 2.