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Boston College will play Notre Dame in first football game at Fenway Park in 47 years in 2015

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  December 20, 2013 11:09 AM

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Here’s how Fenway Park looked before the Patriots’ final game of the 1964 AFL regular season.

How Fenway Park looked before the Patriots’ final game of the 1964 AFL season. (Courtesy of New England Patriots)

Football is coming back to Fenway.

Fenway Park will host the game between Boston College and Notre Dame on Nov. 21, 2015. The 7:30 p.m. game will be on NBC.

The game is part of Notre Dame's "Shamrock Series," an annual off-site home game. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is a native of Everett who played at St. John's Prep and Assumption before becoming a coach.

“The City of Boston will be ready to welcome Fighting Irish and Eagles fans alike when Fenway brings this historic rivalry to one of our most beloved landmarks in 2015,” mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “I'm looking forward to a memorable weekend that puts Boston, and all the great things our city has to offer, in the national spotlight.”

The game between the Fighting Irish and Eagles will be the first football game at Fenway Park since Dec. 1, 1968, when – after five years of calling it home – the Patriots played their last game at the ballpark.

The 2015 football game won’t be the first time Boston College and Notre Dame face each other at Fenway. On Jan. 4, the two schools will compete in a hockey game as part of Frozen Fenway 2014, a two-week series of hockey, skating, and sledding events.

The game will be one of many non-baseball events that have taken place at Fenway in recent years. On New Year's Day 2010, the Bruins battled the Flyers in the NHL's Winter Classic on a rink that covered Fenway's infield. A week later, Boston College and Boston University faced off on the ice at Fenway. In July 2010, Fenway played host to "Football at Fenway," a soccer match between European clubs Glasgow Celtic and Sporting Lisbon. In July 2012, Liverpool and Roma played a friendly at the ballpark.

In 2003, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off a modern-day run of concerts at Fenway Park. Jimmy Buffett, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, The Police, Phish, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, Jason Aldean, and Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z have all performed on a stage in Fenway's outfield since.

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