BOSTON (CBS) — Long ago, football was played regularly at Fenway Park, the country’s oldest standing ballpark. Now, the pigskin is set to make its triumphant return.
Fenway Park will host a football game between Boston College and Notre Dame in football on Nov. 21, 2015. It will be the first football game at Fenway Park since Dec. 1, 1968, when the New England Patriots — then known as the Boston Patriots — played their final home game there. After calling Fenway Park home for six years in the 1960s, the Patriots moved to BC and Harvard before eventually moving to Foxboro.
“We are pleased to bring one of football’s most historic rivalries to Fenway Park as we host the Fighting Irish and Eagles in what will be the first football game at Fenway in 47 years,” Fenway Sports Management president and Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy said in an announcement on Friday. “We look forward to hosting Notre Dame and Boston College, and welcoming the many alumni from both schools to New England for what we hope will be a memorable matchup.”
The game will be a part of Notre Dame’s “Shamrock Series,” in which the Fighting Irish play one off-site game each year. They have played in Yankee Stadium in New York City, the Alamodome in San Antonio, as well as three NFL stadiums (Washington, Dallas, Chicag0).
“Although the 2015 game will be designated a home game for Notre Dame, this is a unique opportunity that will give our football student-athletes a chance to play in this historic venue in our own community while showcasing our program to the world,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said.
Fenway Park, opened in 1912, has been expanded in recent years for concerts, an international soccer match and ice hockey. In fact, the ice hockey teams of BC and Notre Dame will play at Fenway Park on Jan. 4.