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The Boston Red Sox are set to host a college football bowl game at Fenway Park in 2020, as details are emerging on the upcoming Fenway Bowl.
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 falls Harvard-Yale game, which saw the two programs take a big break from tradition in November by playing the contest at Fenway Park.
It has been anticipated in recent months that a future bowl game at the ballpark is in the works, and now details are emerging on plans for the Fenway Bowl. Beginning in 2020, the Fenway Bowl will be a contest that pits an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program against a squad from the American Athletic Conference (AAC). The 2020 Fenway Bowl would mark the first college football bowl game played at Fenway Park. Additional details, including a date for the 2020 bowl game, are expected to be announced Tuesday. More from the AP.
A college bowl game would add to an interesting history of football at Fenway Park, which first opened in 1912 and is currently Major League Baseballs oldest ballpark. Along with plenty of college football action, its past uses include stints as host to NFL and AFL squads, with the AFLs Boston Patriots who played there from 1963-1968 being the most recent professional football squad to make Fenway Park its home. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler took an extensive look at Fenway Parks football history in a 2017 story for sister site Football Stadium Digest.
College football games have become popular offseason draws at major league ballparks. There are currently two MLB facilities hosting bowl games, including Yankee Stadium and Arizonas Chase Field. Yankee Stadium is home to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while Chase Field is the site of the Cheez-It Bowl.
The home of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox is no stranger to hosting FBS college football games. It was the site of the Notre Dame vs. Boston College game in 2015, UConn vs. Boston College in 2017 and Harvard vs. Yale last season.
Boston joins Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as the three new sites to host bowl games at the start of the NCAA's new bowl cycle. The addition of Fenway to the list of college football postseason sites also marks the third current MLB park to host a bowl. Yankee Stadium hosts the Pinstripe Bowl -- another ACC tie-in -- and Chase Field hosts the Cheez-It Bowl in Arizona.
The 43 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff National Championship, will be a new record. There will be 84 teams playing in postseason games come 2020, nearly 65 percent of the 130-team FBS.Find Tickets Here