Football Returns To Fenway Park


The Holy War will take up residence at Fenway Park on November 21st of 2015 as football returns to Fenway Park with Boston College versus Notre Dame.

Football is not unusual at Fenway as the Boston Bulldogs and later the Boston Redskins – yes, those Redskins, played the more than occasional game at Fenway in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1940s the Boston Yanks called both Fenway and the Lynn Manning Bowl home for the few seasons they remained an active franchise. The Yanks were so named to copy the moniker of another New York team, but they located in Boston and not New York. Pity.

Nov 2, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Duck boats line up inside of Fenway park prior to the World Series parade and celebration for the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

In 1963 I attended a Boston Patriots game at Fenway Park. The Patriots called Fenway one of their many home bases through the years until finally locating in Foxborough. The game I attended was against the Buffalo Bills and was sparsely attended – maybe half full, with the Bills eventually winning the contest. The game featured light snow and I do recall sitting in bleacher seats set up in front of the left field wall and I eventually relocated to the under the grandstand section to avoid the snow.

This latest venture continues a back to the future policy of Red Sox ownership with hockey, concerts, soccer and now football. Maybe boxing will be next? As a young teen my father, a former boxer, took me to Fenway in 1956 to witness Bostonian Tony DeMarco win a ten round bout. In 1956 my father also took me to the only baseball game he ever attended and Mel Parnell pitched a no-hitter.