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College Football Set for Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium

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Once the 2018 Major League Baseball season concludes, both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium will be able to look forward to premiere college football matchups. 

A prominent offseason tradition at Yankee Stadium is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The home of the New York Yankees has hosted the event since 2010, and will do so once again in 2018. Scheduled for Thursday, December 27, the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl will feature competitors from the Big Ten and ACC conferences. It will be the fifth straight Pinstripe Bowl in which teams from those conferences square off in the game, with the most recent matchup resulting in Iowa defeating Boston College 27-20.

Tickets for the Pinstripe Bowl will go on sale later this summer. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and broadcast nationally and locally by ESPN Radio.

Meanwhile, one of college football’s best traditions is heading to Fenway Park, as the ballpark will host the Harvard and Yale game on Saturday, November 17. Traditionally, the host site of the annual game alternates between the home venues of the two teams, making Fenway Park a unique setting for the game. More from the AP:

The home of the Boston Red Sox — and concerts and other sports events from Irish hurling to big air snowboarding — Fenway will host the Ivy League finale Nov. 17. It’s the first new site for the game known as “The Game” since 1912.

“Any time you take the leap of faith, you sort of break up tradition,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy said. “It’s really an extraordinary opportunity to be playing here next year.”

In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have taken to hosting more football games at Fenway Park–including several matchups last fall. Aside from allowing the ballpark to be used for a broader range of events, football games also reflect Fenway Park’s rich history. The facility was once home to the NFL’s Boston Redskins (1933-1936) and later the AFL’s Boston Patriots (1963-1968), and has also hosted a variety of high school and college games over the years. Our own Jesse Goldberg-Strassler took a look at Fenway Park’s football history in a story last fall for sister site Football Stadium Digest.

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