Media Center: Harvard Crimson - Covering The Crimson

Media Center: Harvard Crimson - Covering The Crimson

Harvard University welcomes coverage of its programs by accredited writers, broadcasters and photographers.

Media Credentials
All credential requests to cover Harvard football should be directed to the Office of Athletic Communications at least five days in advance of the game. Requests may be made via mail, phone or e-mail. Harvard reserves the right to accept or reject credential requests for any reason. Credentials will be issued only to accredited members of the working media.

Credentials will be mailed if time permits or may be picked up at the Murr Center ticket office, which opens two hours before kickoff. Press passes are non-transferrable.

Access to the press box level is at Gate M, which is located at the open end of Harvard Stadium, adjacent to Section 37.

Press Box Services
The Harvard Office of Athletic Communications will provide a game program, current press release, pregame statistics, flip card and the Ivy League weekly report prior to the game. Information will be available on the second level of the press box.

Working press and radio crews are assigned space in the press box. Seating charts will be located throughout the facility. Wireless internet access is available in the press box.

Quickie statistics will be provided to all media members at the end of each quarter. Cold beverages are available throughout the game.

Postgame Procedures
Following each home game, a postgame press conference will be held in the Murr Center Lounge, located on the third floor of that facility. The lounge is easily accessible by the external staircase located below the stadium scoreboard. The press conference is open only to credentialed media members.

Writers may file stories from the Murr Center East Conference Room, located adjacent to the lounge. Phone lines and wireless internet connections will be provided.

Final statistics packets, including a scoring summary, individual and team statistics, drive charts and play-by-play, will be delivered to the postgame press conference and made available in the media room.

Postgame procedures for road games are dictated by the host institution.

Harvard maintains a strict closed locker room policy both at home and on the road.

Interviews with student-athletes, other than those immediately following a contest, must be arranged through Harvard’s Office of Athletic Communications, so as not to interfere with the students’ academic schedules.

Please note that student-athletes’ telephone numbers and email addresses will not be released to the media per Department of Athletics policy. If a telephone interview is necessary, arrangements will be made for the student-athlete to call the requesting outlet. Game-day interviews will not be granted until the conclusion of the contest.

Harvard football practices are open to the media, provided the outlet makes prior arrangements with the Office of Athletic Communications. Weekday practices are generally held from 4 to 6 p.m.

New England Football Writers Luncheon
Harvard is proud to once again serve as host to the weekly New England Football Writers Luncheon, the oldest media gathering of its kind.

Head coaches and sports information directors from all divisions of college football in New England meet each Wednesday from Sept. 2 to Nov. 18 at noon with the local and regional media at Harvard’s Dillon Fieldhouse, located next to the Murr Center and Lavietes Pavilion near Harvard Stadium.

Media members do not need to make reservations to attend the luncheons but should be aware of the cost of $10 per person.

Harvard head coach Tim Murphy speaks at each luncheon and is available for individual interviews following the sessions.

Radio Broadcasts
Stations wishing to broadcast Harvard football games must make arrangements through the athletic communications office at least two weeks in advance of the requested game.

There are two analog phone lines available for visiting stations, and a maximum of four credentials will be provided for any broadcast crew. Please note that ISDN lines are not available in Harvard Stadium.

Photographers/Television Crews
Arrangements should be made with the Office of Athletic Communications for anyone who wishes to shoot Harvard football games. Sideline passes will be mailed if time permits or left at the Will Call window at the Murr Center box office. Only credentialed media members will be permitted on the sideline.

Parking is extremely limited in the vicinity of Harvard Stadium. Parking passes can be mailed if the credential request is granted five working days prior to the game.

Media members who are issued season-long credentials will be given access to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center lot. Other media members will have access to Lot 175, which is located next to the Soldiers Field athletic complex at North Harvard Street and Western Avenue.

Television production trucks should make arrangements with Harvard’s athletic events office (617-496-6767) to schedule arrival times at the designated location.