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Football at Fenway Promises to be Memorable

Owen Carberry '18, Contributor

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Fenway, America’s most beloved ballpark, has been the home of the Red Sox since 1912. On November 25, a new chapter in the history of sporting events will be written in the heart of Kenmore Square. High school football will return to Fenway with a doubleheader on Thanksgiving Eve. BC High will get the opportunity to add to its prestigious athletic résumé by taking part in this historic event. Xaverian will play St. John’s Prep at 4:00pm, and the Eagles take on arch rival Catholic Memorial in the night game.

The annual Thanksgiving football game is always one of the most important events for the school, and it will be surrounded by even more excitement with the unique and prominent setting. According to Vice Principal, Mr. Brennan, the school will benefit tremendously from the game this year: “It provides another enjoyable family event for our large community, this time in a highly recognizable and historic venue that is so dear to the city of Boston. Thanksgiving football in this state functions as a sort of grand reunion for high schools annually, and this is one more opportunity for our greater community (current families and graduates) to gather, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate the strong bonds that our school creates and nurtures.”

Fenway also has a rich history as a venue for other non-baseball sporting events. It served as the home of the Boston Patriots for 6 seasons during the 1960s. Colleges including Dartmouth, Boston University, and Boston College have all played football in the park. This year, on November 21, Boston College football will make its return to Fenway when the team hosts Notre Dame. Hockey has also recently found its way to Fenway; Frozen Fenway made its debut in 2010. The Bruins played in the Winter Classic this same year. Even soccer has been played at Fenway, when Liverpool FC took on AS Roma in the summer of 2014.

The last time high school football games were hosted by Fenway was November 24, 1927 with a triple header.

Students and their families can purchase tickets for the game online, or on campus. Tickets are $20 per person.

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Football at Fenway Promises to be Memorable