Potential UConn-Notre Dame football game at Fenway Park
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 00:09
The Boston Red Sox are in talks to host a college football game between UConn and Notre Dame at Fenway Park during the 2014 season, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Opened in 1912, Fenway Park used to regularly host football games, be they high school, college or professional. The last game it hosted was a win by the Boston Patriots against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 1, 1968.
According to Abraham’s report, these talks are in an early stage and “UConn officials feel the idea has merit and Notre Dame may be willing to shift a home game to Boston.”
UConn and Notre Dame previously had a contract for a four-game series between the two schools. UConn backed out of the agreement in 2009, citing Notre Dame’s refusal to play the Huskies at Rentschler Field.
Despite the cancellation, the Irish still hosted the Huskies in South Bend, Ind. at the famed Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 21, 2009. A touchdown run from running back Andre Dixon in double overtime allowed UConn to upset Notre Dame on national television.
UConn already has several high-profile match-ups scheduled over the next few years, most of them at Rentschler Field. In 2013, the Huskies host Maryland and Michigan on consecutive Saturdays (Sep. 14 and Sep. 21). UConn also has home-and-home series scheduled with Tennessee in 2015 and 2016 and with Virginia in 2016 and 2017.