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Football returns to Fenway Park on November 21, 2015, when Boston College will take on Notre Dame. This is the first time the pigskin flies through the air in Kenmore Square since 1968.
Professional football has a rich history in Boston. Believe it, or not, three professional franchises called Fenway Park home: the Redskins in the 1930s, the Boston Yanks, and the Boston Patriots. The Redskins shipped out of Boston in 1936 for Washington, D.C. The Boston Yanks played four seasons at America’s most beloved ballpark from 1944-1948. After this franchise folded, the final team to play on the outfield grass was the Boston Patriots. The last game played in 1968 was against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Pats would move to Foxboro in 1969.
Football could be the next, exciting venture for the Red Sox in the twenty-first century. In recent years, the ballpark has been host to many concerts, hockey events like the Winter Classic and Frozen Fenway, fundraisers, even sledding. Perhaps, some day soon two professional football teams will compete on the field. I do not know what they will call it since the moniker “Fall Classic” is taken. In addition, I foresee college and high school-level athletes sharing the field, as they will in the coming weeks during Frozen Fenway.
The Red Sox are working hard to turn the historic ballpark into a year-round, multi-use site. The high variety of events deafens the noise of the last decade, calling for a new, improved facility for the Red Sox. The fans do not want it, and I believe, way down deep inside of John Henry’s heart, he doesn’t want it either.
I’m ready for some football, and anything else Tom Werner and Henry want to bring to our city’s jewel, if it means keeping the home of the Red Sox just the way it is.