Notre Dame, UConn open to Fenway Park game
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the idea of playing UConn in a football game at Fenway Park is appealing. Yet he is uncertain if Fenway is equipped for football.
‘‘I just saw that. You know me, I love Fenway Park. I just don’t know if it’s big enough,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘As long as they do the due diligence, and I know (Notre Dame athletic director) Jack (Swarbrick) is looking for great venues, and I don’t think they played a game there in a long time. If it’s on the schedule, we’re going to play it.
‘‘Being a Boston guy, baseball has not been very good there, so maybe we’ll bring some football.’’
The Globe reported on Tuesday that the Red Sox were trying to organize the game, which would be a Notre Dame home game likely played in 2014.
UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said that athletic director Warde Manuel is “working very hard” on plans to play at Fenway Park
Fenway Park has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history, but none since the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-14, on Dec. 1, 1968.
The last-place Red Sox may be headed toward another offseason of change, but that doesn’t mean Kelly has any less desire to play at Fenway.
‘‘I think it would be cool, yeah. I’d like to do it,’’ he said. ‘‘But I think more than anything else, I don’t know the ramifications of the 2014 schedule as it relates to ACC scheduling and all those kinds of things. I’ve been so focused on getting to the office today.’’
But, if UConn and Notre Dame are close to finalizing this deal, it’s news to Swarbrick.
‘‘We have work to do on our future football schedules,’’ he said, ‘‘given the announcement last week relative to our upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference relationship.’’
On Nov. 21, 2009, at Notre Dame Stadium, Connecticut outlasted Notre Dame, 33-30, in one of the Huskies’ biggest victories as a Division I program.