Monday, November 27, 2017

At Fenway, Football Returns


The Green Monster provides the back drop to QB Darius Wade (photo / Icon Sportswire)
There was no football played at Boston's Fenway Park from 1968 to 2015. Now it has returned in abundance.

On November 21, 2015 the Boston College Eagles faced Notre Dame at Fenway and fell, 19-16. After a year off, the park hosted this season's "Fenway Gridiron Series" that included three college games followed by a trio of high school football matchups.

The six games were played from November 10 through November 22 and were kicked off by an Ivy League contest pitting Dartmouth against Brown. It was a lopsided affair, with the Big Green handling the Bears, 33-10.

Next up, it was the Maine Bears who faced the UMass Minutemen and dropped a 44-31 decision. BC then played UConn in the only all-FBS contest. The Eagles looked comfortably at home in the tight quarters of Fenway and handed the Huskies a 39-16 defeat.

Although renown as the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway has played host to football dating back to 1912 and served as the home of the Boston Patriots from 1963-1968. During the Depression it was home to the precursor to today's Washington franchise, the Boston Redskins (nee Braves).

UPDATE: It was just announced that the 2018 Harvard vs. Yale game (aka 'The Game') will be played at Fenway Park.

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