Notre Dame to play football at Fenway Park in 2015
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media December 20, 2013 8:14PM
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Updated: January 22, 2014 6:12AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ted Williams. David Ortiz. Brian Kelly?
The first two are legends of Fenway Park and part of Boston Red Sox lore. Kelly, Notre Dame’s football coach, is a Red Sox fan. And the Irish will head to Fenway Park to play Boston College in 2015.
The Irish released football schedules for 2014-16 on Friday. The Shamrock
Series contest at Fenway Park, set for Nov. 21, 2015, is one of the highlights.
‘‘When we’re not here, the most special place in the world to play football, we want to take our student‑athletes to other special places,’’ Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said during a news conference. ‘‘You have seen us do that with the Shamrock Series. The opponents we’ve scheduled help us do that, whether it’s the Coliseum in Los Angeles — extraordinary venue — or taking the Shamrock Series game . . . to Fenway Park and being the first school to play a football game there in 45 years. We want to take our young people to special places.’’
The last football game at Fenway Park took place
Dec. 1, 1968.
Steps have been taken to try to avoid some of the problems that occurred when Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley Field in 2010.
‘‘We spent a lot of time mapping it, staking it,’’ Swarbrick said. ‘‘The Yankees will tell you when we went [to Yankee Stadium] the first time [to play Army in 2010], we drove them crazy. We had to outline the entire field. We had to walk in and see it. We weren’t looking for a superimposed image of it.
‘‘It’s going to be tight. It’s hard to be in a baseball stadium and not have it be difficult. But we wouldn’t do it if we thought there was any risk to the safety of the players.’’
In other scheduling news, the Irish finalized their 2014 schedule by moving a game against Wake Forest to 2015. Notre Dame will play four Atlantic Coast Conference schools next season, including Florida State, six in 2015 and five in 2016.
The Irish have three Big Ten schools — including Northwestern on Nov. 15 — on their 2014 schedule, but they won’t play any Big Ten schools in 2015.
‘‘Their flexibility was limited by the nine‑game [conference] schedule,’’ Swarbrick said. ‘‘But so, too, was our challenge of meeting these goals of trying to figure out how we would get all this done.’’
The 2016 Shamrock
Series game will be against Army on Nov. 12 at the
Alamodome in San Antonio. And speaking of Texas, the Longhorns will visit Notre Dame on Sept. 5, 2015, and will host the Irish on
Sept. 3, 2016.