The Latest

What football in Fenway Park looked like in 1963

Football in baseball stadiums still seems odd to me, but we have witnesses it happen a number of times over the years. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is hosted in the home of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Beef “O Brady”s Bowl takes place in Tropicana Field, home of baseball”s Tampa Bay Rays. The relatively new Pinstripe Bowl takes place inside the newer Yankee Stadium, which also hosts an occasional game during the regular season as well. Illinois and Northwestern attempted to play a game in historic Wrigley Field, but that turned out to be a disaster.

The appeal of playing a football game in a baseball stadium is a novelty that will continue to draw some sort of interest though, and I am curious which baseball stadium would be next to give football a try. As a baseball fan I find it almost sacrilegious to cross football with one of baseball”s all-time meccas, Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox did once serve as the venue for football.

Source: Boston Red Sox

Source: Boston Red Sox

While the most common occupant for football was the Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots of course), Boston College played a number of games at Fenway Park in the 1930s and 1940s as well. Boston College announced plans for Alumni Stadium in 1957, when it became known that football would no longer be played in Fenway. The Eagles also played some of their games in old Braves Field, home to the Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves) and now a part of the Boston University athletics program. Dartmouth and Boston University have also played En slik hybrid inkluderer veldig mange, slik at mange nostalgiske spilleautomatkjenner, kommer garantert til a klare og dele opp denne spilleautomaten i flere forskjellige norske spilleautomater pa nett . football games in Fenway Park, including Dartmouth”s 1944 game against Notre Dame. The Irish enjoyed their visit to Fenway, leaving with a 64-0 victory over the Ivy League squad.

Last September it was reported that Notre Dame was in discussions with Connecticut to play a game in Fenway Park. The idea should have been seen coming after Fenway Park was used to host the NHL Winter Classic a couple of years ago. With updated stadium features in recent years, including seats on top of the Green Monster, it would figure to be a notable venue for a neutral site college football game involving a team from the New England area. I may prefer to see Boston College play in the game as the home team, personally, but we”ll see if this plan can actually come together.

“You know me, I love Fenway Park,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in September (via USA Today). “I just don”t know if it”s big enough. As long as they do the due diligence, and I know Jack (Swarbrick) is looking for great venues, and I don”t think they played a game there in a long time. If it”s on the schedule, we”re going to play it.”

I doubt I would get too excited about a college football game in a baseball mainstay, but I certainly admit I would be interested to see how it unfolds.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.