HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut and Notre Dame are reportedly
in negotiations to play a football game at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Day of New London and the Boston Globe, both citing
officials involved in the talks, said the game would be played in
2014, and would be considered a home game for the Fighting Irish.
UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel did not immediately return
an email seeking comment Tuesday morning. Boston Red Sox officials
said in March the team was interested in bringing football back to
The park has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history,
but none since the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati
Bengals, 33-14, on Dec. 1, 1968.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the idea is appealing. Yet he
is uncertain if Fenway is equipped for football.
“I just saw that. You know me, I love Fenway Park. I just don’t
know if it’s big enough,” Kelly said. “As long as they do the due
diligence, and I know (Notre Dame athletic director) 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.
“Being a Boston guy, baseball has not been very good there, so
maybe we’ll bring some football.”
The last-place Red Sox may be headed toward another offseason of
change, but that doesn’t mean Kelly has any less desire to play at
“I think it would be cool, yeah. I’d like to do it,” he said.
“But I think more than anything else, I don’t know the
ramifications of the 2014 schedule as it relates to ACC scheduling
and all those kinds of things. I’ve been so focused on getting to
the office today.”
But, if UConn and Notre Dame are close to finalizing this deal,
it’s news to Swarbrick.
“We have work to do on our future football schedules,” he
said, “given the announcement last week relative to our upcoming
Atlantic Coast Conference relationship.”
On Nov. 21, 2009, at Notre Dame Stadium, Connecticut outlasted
Notre Dame, 33-30, in one of the Huskies’ biggest victories as a
Division I program.
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