BOSTON – Fenway Sports Management today announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, April 27 for the 135th rendition of "The Game" between Harvard and Yale hosted at Fenway Park. One of college football's most storied and tradition-laden rivalries, "The Game" will be played at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, November 17. Fans will be able to purchase individual game tickets by visiting www.redsox.com/thegame.
The football rivalry between Harvard's Crimson and Yale's Bulldogs is among the most revered on the American athletic scene for its combination of passion and purity to the sport, as it established the template for American college football. "The Game" annually serves as the most prominent athletic contest between the Ivy institutions and is the football season finale for the two schools.
"It is thrilling to host one of the most celebrated rivalries in college football at Fenway Park this November," said Mark Lev, Managing Director of Fenway Sports Management. "This promises to be a special experience for each of the schools, alumni and the student-athletes on the field. We're excited that Fenway Park is going to be the setting for this historic rivalry."
Harvard and Yale first met on November 13, 1875, in the first of 134 battles on the gridiron with Harvard winning by a score of 4-0. The format of the game pre-dated the modern football scoring system and resembled rugby more than today's version of American football. Yale leads the series, 67-59-8. The 2018 game will mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie. In the most recent edition, Yale defeated Harvard, 24-3, last November 18 at the Yale Bowl to finish the season 9-1 and capture the 2017 Ivy League crown.
Fenway Park has a long history with football dating back to its opening in 1912. The ballpark was commonly transformed to the gridiron for high school and college football games throughout the early 20th Century and was home to the Boston Patriots from 1963-68. In November 2015, football returned to Fenway Park for the first time since 1968 when Notre Dame hosted Boston College in their Shamrock Series game. In 2017, the Fenway Gridiron Series presented by Your Call Football hosted three collegiate football games featuring six of New England's major college programs and a series of high school football games.
Kickoff time and additional game details will be announced at a later date. For further information, fans can visit www.redsox.com/thegame.
About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a global sports marketing firm that specializes in partnership sales, consulting, and the creation of unique and memorable events and experiences. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, FSM is a part of an elite family of properties that includes some of the most storied names and venues in all of sports including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing. For further information visit Fenway Sports Management.
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, [email protected]
Tim Williamson, Harvard University: (617) 495-2206, [email protected]
Steven Conn, Yale College: 203.432.1455, [email protected]