Boston College Football Doesn’t Want to Play at Fenway This Year

BC is already giving up a home game to play in Dublin.

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Boston College football has rejected an offer to play at Fenway Park this coming season, as its already using one of its six home games to play in Dublin.

BC lost to Notre Dame at Fenway 19-16 last year as the “away team,” so this year, Red Sox officials offered to make the Eagles the “home” team against UConn on November 19. BC declined, the Globe reports. The school will play its home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, where attendance has reached a 25-year low, and dropping.

“We have consistently stated that we will consider the possibility only if it is more beneficial for our team, students, and fans, and only during those years in which we still have at least six games in Alumni Stadium,” BC athletic director Brad Bates told the Globe. “As a result, playing at Fenway Park during the 2016 season was never an option.”

Instead, the Eagles will play a home game in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on September 3, facing Georgia Tech in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. BC last played at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road Stadium in 1988, where they beat Army, 38-24. This year’s matchup will be the first time BC has faced Georgia Tech since 2012, when the Yellow Jackets trounced the Eagles, 37-17.