Posted December 20, 2013

Notre Dame announces 2015 game vs. Boston College at Fenway Park

Boston College Eagles, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The New England Patriots played at Fenway Park during the 1960s. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots played home games at Fenway Park during the 1960s. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Notre Dame will face off against Boston College in one of the country’s most storied baseball stadiums, Fenway Park, the Irish announced on Friday. The news came as the school unveiled its full football schedules for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Notre Dame’s meeting with the Eagles will take place on Nov. 21, 2015, in the Irish’s annual “Shamrock Series” game. It will be the first football game at Fenway since 1968. Coach Brian Kelly’s team will play next season’s “Shamrock Series” game at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium against Purdue on Sept. 13, 2014.

In a statement, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the school’s independence is on display with its next three schedules.

“Our schedules the next three seasons, combined with our 2012 and 2013 schedules, truly exhibit Notre Dame’s intention to celebrate our independence,” says Swarbrick.

“We will be playing in virtually every corner of the country and will have a strength of schedule that will serve us well in the new College Football Playoff format.”

Notre Dame’s full schedules for the next three seasons are below.

2014 (home in all caps)
Aug. 30 RICE
Sept. 6 MICHIGAN
Sept. 13 * Purdue (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis)
Sept. 27 Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 4 STANFORD
Oct. 11 NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 18 at Florida State
Nov. 1 Navy (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)
Nov. 8 at Arizona State
Nov. 15 NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 22 LOUISVILLE
Nov. 29 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

2015
Sept. 5 TEXAS
Sept. 12 at Virginia
Sept. 19 GEORGIA TECH
Sept. 26 MASSACHUSETTS
Oct. 3 at Clemson
Oct. 10 NAVY
Oct. 17 USC
Oct. 31 at Temple (Lincoln Financial Services Field, Philadelphia)
Nov. 7 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 14 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 21 * Boston College (Fenway Park, Boston)
Nov. 28 at Stanford
* Shamrock Series game

2016
Sept. 3 at Texas
Sept. 10 NEVADA
Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE
Sept. 24 DUKE
Oct. 1 at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 8 at North Carolina State
Oct. 15 STANFORD
Oct. 29 MIAMI
Nov. 5 vs. Navy (site TBD)
Nov. 12 * Army (Alamodome, San Antonio)
Nov. 19 VIRGINIA TECH
Nov. 26 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

19 comments
KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

Why is this worthy of a headline?  Both of the schools mentioned completely suck at football. 

kaznagatsuka
kaznagatsuka

@Gustav33rd ああそうなんですか。意外に久々なんですね。まあどの大学にもどでかいいいスタジアムがあるのでわざわざ野球場でやる絶対的な必要性は本来ないですものね。借りるのも容易ではないでしょうし。

Notre_Josh
Notre_Josh

@StephByram I know! Would be awesome. Problem is, Fenway seats just over 37,000. The tickets will be HIGH $$$!

otherworld
otherworld

They will definitely help the ACC recruit. Some pretty interesting games in those schedules. 

x72
x72

Notre Dame, a coward football program with the worst fanbase in college sports.

Choutsu
Choutsu

1. Why

2. Who cares

3. Who's throwing the opening pitch... Manti Te'o, or college football expert Regis Philbin?

havhmayer
havhmayer

I've been to football games at Fenway Park. It's not a very good venue for football, and not a very large one. 

stuckinlodi
stuckinlodi

Rats!  I was hoping it would be hockey.

Gustav33rd
Gustav33rd

@kaznagatsuka フェンウェイという場所がトピックですね。レイズのフランチャイズのトロピカーナフィールドで試合しても「それが?」とか言われそうです。

LoveYouBlue
LoveYouBlue

@x72 notre dame, a football program that despite whether you like them or not, graduates 98-99% of their football players every year.  btw, they played 5 opponents w/ 10 wins or more this year . . . interesting definition of coward

shays01
shays01

@x72 I am not a fan of the Irish, but they generally play a fairly tough schedule (at least most of the games are against opponents who traditionally field fairly competitive teams:  Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State, Northwestern, Louisville, USC, Texas, Georgia Tech,  Clemson, Navy, Pittsburg, Wake, Michigan State, Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech all come to mind).  They aren't scheduling cream puffs (Georgia State, Chattanooga), anyway.  As to their fan base, "worst" is in the eyes of the beholder.  The team travels well and has a pretty large fan base.  They're awful loyal.  Arrogant and haughty?  I think so ... but that fits right in with the fan base of almost any perennial powerhouse (Alabama and most Southeastern Conference fans come to mind ... along with fans of the Oregon Ducks, and I like the Ducks).

kaznagatsuka
kaznagatsuka

@Gustav33rd そうですね。ヤンキーとかリグレー、フェンウェイはスタジアム自体が意味のある場所ですものね

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@shays01@x72I was with you until you classified Notre Dame as a "powerhouse".  Notre Dame's relevant once every 20 years or so.

ianlinross
ianlinross

@shays01 @x72 Haughty and arrogant? The starting QB cheats on a test and is suspended for the entire season. I guess Americans these days have problems with institutions that demand high expectations and have standards. 

Schedule-wise, ND does what's best for ND. Just like when Alabama decides to play Chattanooga in November.