Though the Boston Red Sox have interest in hosting a college football bowl game at Fenway Park, there are no final plans to so, according to team president and CEO Sam Kennedy.
As part of their effort to host more non-baseball events at Fenway Park, the Red Sox have staged several college football games in recent years. That included last fall’s Harvard-Yale game, which saw the two programs take a big break from tradition in November by playing the contest at Fenway Park.
On Tuesday, a report from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy said that Fenway Park would begin hosting a new bowl game in 2020, with the matchup to feature teams from the Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences. Kennedy later told MassLive that while the Red Sox have been engaging in discussions about bringing a bowl game to Fenway Park, there are no official plans yet. More from MassLive:
Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy confirmed Tuesday that the team is in talks to bring a college football bowl game to Fenway Park but said nothing has been made official yet.
“We would be honored to host a college football bowl game at Fenway, and we are exploring the possibility,” Kennedy wrote in an email. “We have no firm plans, but are working with the City of Boston and and Fenway Sports Management to try and make a game a reality.”
College football games have become popular offseason draws at major league ballparks, with Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Arizona’s Chase Field, and Atlanta’s SunTrust Park among the MLB facilities to stage contests last year. Out of that group, Yankee Stadium and Chase Field are the two active bowl game hosts. Yankee Stadium is home to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while Chase Field is the site of the Cheez-It Bowl.