Yale-Harvard football rivalry to be played at Fenway next season

By Vincent Frank
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Starting back in 1875, the Yale-Harvard football rivalry is among the oldest in the history of amateur athletics.

But there’s going to be a new wrinkle in the all Ivy League annual matchup when the 2018 season comes calling. For the first time since 1894, the game will not be played at one of the two teams’ home stadium.

In fact, the Bulldogs and Crimson will play next season at the famed Fenway Park in Boston.

“The Harvard Yale football game is a classic match up, and Fenway Park is a beloved Boston landmark and classic in its own right,’’ Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, via Boston.com. “Boston looks forward to hosting Harvard, and all visitors, in 2018 for this iconic game.’’

This will represent the 135th time that Yale and Harvard have played one another on the gridiron.

The last time these two teams played at a neutral site came back in 1894 in Springfield, Massachusetts. That game became known as the Springfield Massacre for just how violent it was. In fact, the programs cancelled the rivalry for two seasons because of the violence.

Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself at Fenway next season.