Thursday, January 12, 2017

UConn confirms 2017 game being played at Fenway Park

Before UConn agreed to play Army at Yankee Stadium during the 2014 season, there were rumblings that a game played at Fenway Park could materialize.

On Thursday the university confirmed that the game against Boston College on Nov. 18, which is UConn's home game, will be played at Fenway.

"We are thrilled to take part in the continuation of what we hope will be a long-time partnership with the Fenway Group and the Boston Red Sox," said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict in a statement. "This game will present our players an unforgettable experience playing in one of the most-renowned venues in American sport and provide UConn fans with a front row seat. We could not be happier to take part."

For the contest, UConn will receive 22,000 of the expected 39,000 tickets to be made available for sale. Boston College will receive 7,000 to sell to its fan base and the Fenway Group will distribute the final 10,000. UConn will also receive a guaranteed payment of $1.125 million for its participation in the contest, the largest game guarantee in Husky football history. BC will not be paid any guarantee.

"I think this is a great opportunity for our team, to play a quality opponent, New England rival and in such a unique and famous setting," UConn coach Randy Edsall said in a release. "When David said that this was a possibility, I immediately thought about it being a once in a lifetime game day experience for our team, staff and fans."

Ticket sales for this event will be handled by the Fenway group, but UConn football season ticket holders, as well as UConn students, will have first priority on purchase of the school allotment of tickets, with information to be made available in the very near future.


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