Boston College, UConn won’t play football at Fenway Park in 2016

Notre Dame band marches across the field before the first half of the Shamrock Series NCAA college football game at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, in Boston Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(WTNH)–Despite ‘urging’ from Fenway Park officials, Boston College will not host UConn at Fenway Park on November 19, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

“Given the positive feedback we received on last November’s Shamrock Series, the Red Sox would love to see a return of BC football to Fenway Park in the near future,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told Yahoo’s Graham Watson. “We have extended the invitation for BC to return whenever it works for their schedule.”

The Eagles beat the Huskies, 27-7, in their last meeting in 2004. (Charles Krupa / AP)
The Eagles beat the Huskies, 27-7, in their last meeting in 2004. (Charles Krupa / AP)

The Eagles played Notre Dame at Fenway last season, as part of the “Shamrock Series.” It was technically a home game for Notre Dame, which meant the Irish got to dress in the Red Sox locker room and received a large portion of the ticket allotment. BC players had to dress on campus and take a bus to Fenway.

Fenway Sports Management was interested in having Boston College host a game this season (i.e. UConn), but athletic director Brad Bates told Yahoo! that it didn’t work for their schedule. The Eagles are already giving up a home game to play Georgia Tech in Ireland on September 3.

“Boston College often receives requests to play home games at venues ranging from Gillette Stadium to Fenway Park,’’ Bates said. “We have consistently stated that we will consider the possibility only if it is more beneficial for our team, students, and fans, and only during those years in which we still have at least six games in Alumni Stadium. As a result, playing at Fenway Park during the 2016 season was never an option.’’

The Huskies and Eagles will meet for the first time since 2004.

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