Huskies Announce Football Game at Fenway

UConn football player in Husky uniform. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
UConn football player in Husky uniform. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Athletics and the Fenway Sports Management Group have announced that the Huskies will face Boston College in the sport of football at Fenway Park on Nov. 18, 2017.

It is sure to be a memorable day for UConn Football. — David Benedict

This game is being played as a part of a series of “Football at Fenway” games matching several New England institutions, when the famed baseball venue will be temporarily turned into a football stadium. The UConn-Boston College match-up was originally scheduled to be played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on the same date, and UConn will be the home team at Fenway.

On Nov. 10, Brown will play Dartmouth, and the next day, UMass will host Maine at Fenway Park.

“We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with the Fenway Group and the Boston Red Sox,” said director of athletics David Benedict. “This game will present our players an unforgettable experience playing in one of the most renowned venues in American sport, and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part.”

For the contest, UConn will receive 22,000 of the expected 39,000 tickets to be made available for sale. Boston College will receive 7,000 to sell to its fan base, and the Fenway Group will distribute the final 10,000. UConn will also receive a guaranteed payment of $1.125 million for its participation in the contest, the largest game guarantee in the history of Husky football. BC will not be paid any guarantee.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to play a quality opponent – a New England rival – and in such a unique and famous setting,” said football head coach Randy Edsall. “When David said that this was a possibility, I immediately thought about it being a once-in-a-lifetime game day experience for our team, staff, and fans.”

Ticket sales for this event will be handled by the Fenway group, but UConn football season ticket holders, as well as UConn students, will have first priority to purchase tickets from the school allotment. Information will be made available soon.

“We expect this to be a first-class experience for any of our fans that attend,” said Benedict. “We have access to the best and biggest allotment of tickets, parking and pre-game hospitality areas for this game, and have plans to set up surrounding events for UConn fans, students, and alumni in attendance and a Husky Fanfest event as well. It is sure to be a memorable day for UConn Football.”