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Notre Dame confirms 2015 game at Fenway Park

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For the first time in nearly six decades, major college football will be returning to one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sports.

In announcing its schedules for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, Notre Dame confirmed it will be playing its Nov. 21, 2015, game against Boston College at Fenway Park.  The night game at the home of the Boston Red Sox will be the first college football game played at the baseball stadium since 1956, and the first football game of any kind since 1968 (New England Patriots).

The Eagles used to play home games at Fenway regularly throughout the first half of last century, but last played at the stick-and-ball park in 1956.

That 2015 game will be part of the “Shamrock Series,” an annual arrangement that began in 2009 which sees the Irish hosting a neutral-site “home” game.  The ongoing series will also include a 2014 game in Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium) against Purdue and in 2016 in San Antonio (Alamodome) against Army. All three of those games will be televised in prime time by NBC, incidentally.

The 2014 season is also the first in Notre Dame’s football partnership with the ACC that will include an affiliation with the conference’s postseason bowl alignment.  The Irish will face four ACC foes in 2014, six in 2015 and five in 2016 and beyond.

“Our schedules the next three seasons, combined with our 2012 and 2013 schedules, truly exhibit Notre Dame’s intention to celebrate our independence,” said athletic director Jack Swarbrick in a statement.

“We will be playing in virtually every corner of the country and will have a strength of schedule that will serve us well in the new College Football Playoff format.”

Below are the complete schedules for Notre Dame the next three seasons:

2014
Aug. 30 RICE
Sept. 6 MICHIGAN (night)
Sept. 13 *Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. (night)
Sept. 27 at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 4 STANFORD
Oct. 11 NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 18 at Florida State
Nov. 1 vs. Navy (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)
Nov. 8 at Arizona State
Nov. 15 NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 22 LOUISVILLE
Nov. 29 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

2015
Sept. 5 TEXAS
Sept. 12 at Virginia
Sept. 19 GEORGIA TECH
Sept. 26 MASSACHUSETTS
Oct. 3 at Clemson
Oct. 10 NAVY
Oct. 17 USC
Oct. 31 at Temple (Lincoln Financial Services Field)
Nov. 7 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 14 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 21 *Boston College at Fenway Park, Boston, Mass. (night)
Nov. 28 at Stanford
* Shamrock Series game

2016
Sept. 3 at Texas
Sept. 10 NEVADA
Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE
Sept. 24 DUKE
Oct. 1 at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 8 at North Carolina State
Oct. 15 STANFORD
Oct. 29 MIAMI
Nov. 5 vs. Navy (site TBD)
Nov. 12 *Army at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (night)
Nov. 19 VIRGINIA TECH
Nov. 26 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

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10 Responses to “Notre Dame confirms 2015 game at Fenway Park”
  1. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    “We will be playing in virtually every corner of the country and will have a strength of schedule that will serve us well in the new College Football Playoff format.”

    With at least four losses in 2014 and in 2015 and five in 2016 probable? Really?

  2. kcrobert10 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:16 PM

    Strength of schedule really hold on I’ve to wipe my mouth cause my lunch is falling out its so wide open. I can’t stop laughing. How can I take the Irish seriously if they only play like 2 or 3 real teams every yr. People bag on the sec for scheduling in non conference look at this and tell me its better. Please all these so called powerhouse programs schedule as many cupcakes as they can.

  3. whoisedgy says: Dec 20, 2013 12:45 PM

    Rice
    Syracuse
    Army
    Navy
    Nevada
    Duke
    Wake Forest
    North Carolina
    North Carolina State
    Purdue
    Massachusetts

    Some real powerhouse programs there!

  4. dmvtransplant says: Dec 20, 2013 1:00 PM

    What’s the big deal their doing what they always do, playing a weak team in a neutral site to appear like their schedule is tough.

    All their really doing is playing:

    1. Purdue(couldn’t win a game in the Big Ten)

    2.Boston College (that runs a service academy offense)

    3. Army (who’s last head coach had a .341 win percentage)

    Like last year the big Ireland game against another bad service academy team, I fail to see how this schedule doesn’t put ND in the Sun Bowl (which is the only bowl game Brian Kelly has won for the Irish) every year?

  5. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 20, 2013 1:01 PM

    kcrobert10 says:
    Dec 20, 2013 12:16 PM
    Strength of schedule really hold on I’ve to wipe my mouth cause my lunch is falling out its so wide open. I can’t stop laughing. How can I take the Irish seriously if they only play like 2 or 3 real teams every yr. People bag on the sec for scheduling in non conference look at this and tell me its better. Please all these so called powerhouse programs schedule as many cupcakes as they can.
    ————————————————–

    Actually i think you have to wipe your mouth because you’re a drooling idiot.

    Not an ND fan, but I don’t see how you can look at the 2014 schedule and say there are only 2 or 3 real teams on there.

  6. rheffero says: Dec 20, 2013 1:10 PM

    For any knowledgeable fan, this schedule is tougher than Bama has played in the last 3 years or Florida State in the last decade.

    Oregon amd Ohio State wish they had this SOS on their resume.

    For the guy spitting out his lunch from the dollar menu and wiping ketchup off the name tag on his shirt, they towed your 1999 Corolla while you were typing.

  7. somebadhatharry says: Dec 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    I don’t see any FCS teams on their schedule, how many SEC teams can say that?

  8. BrownsTown says: Dec 20, 2013 2:50 PM

    kcroberto,

    There are five teams on the 2014 schedule that are within the current top 25 rankings. Here is the itemization so we can all see how silly was your comment:

    FSU #1
    Stanford #5
    ASU #14
    Louisville #18
    USC #25

  9. halbert53 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    No one knows how good these teams will be at the time they actually play, but I count no less than 5-7 solid teams each season. The problem most of us SEC fans have with ND and a few other teams is a schedule with 2-3 solid teams. This is a major schedule upgrade.

    I don’t like SEC or other major conferences playing FCS teams. Nor do I like 14 team conferences, liked 8-10 teams better. But since that ship has sailed, wish they would go ahead and get major conferences to 16, with pods of 4. Then you could have 4 inter conference games a year. Example, a 4 team SEC west playing everyone in a 4 team Big 10 pod, with pods rotating around. That would provide lots more meaningful games instead of playing FCS teams.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 20, 2013 5:21 PM

    rheffero says:
    Dec 20, 2013 1:10 PM

    For the guy spitting out his lunch from the dollar menu and wiping ketchup off the name tag on his shirt, they towed your 1999 Corolla while you were typing.
    ________________________

    ROFL!

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