Boston College Faithful to Pay Big Bucks for Fenway Notre Dame Game

Boston College Faithful to Pay Big Bucks for Fenway Notre Dame Game
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    Boston College and the University of Notre Dame are no strangers when it comes to college football.


The large Roman Catholic universities first played in 1975, a game won by Notre Dame. Over the years, the two programs have played each other more frequently and the Irish currently hold a 13 to 9 series advantage.

The Holy War

The series, known informally as the Holy War, will shift to Fenway Park in Boston on Nov. 21. It will be the first meeting for these programs in three years, but this one is special for two reasons:

1. The game will be played at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. That intimate environment means that seating will be limited. Tickets, therefore, will be costly with a face value of $400 charged.

2. The Fighting Irish are the home team. Fenway Park may be a stone’s throw from Chestnut Hill, where Boston College is located, however Notre Dame will be the “home” team for this contest. The Irish elected to play in Boston instead of its 80,000-plus seating capacity stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

ACC Contest and Ticket Distribution

Notably, the game features a pair of ACC teams. Boston College, then Notre Dame left the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and this is the first game scheduled as part of an agreement where Notre Dame plays 5 ACC football contests each year. It is an arrangement that allows the Irish to retain its football “independence” while giving it access to ACC bowl games.

Under ACC rules, Boston College will be provided with 5,000 tickets; the remaining 32,499 seats are for the Notre Dame faithful. Quite easily, ticket demand for this game should be at least five times the stadium’s capacity, which is why tickets will carry a super premium when offered on eBay and elsewhere going forward.

Despite a 5,000-ticket capacity for the Eagles, not all the allotted tickets will be made available to fans. The college will set aside some tickets for internal use, and include students, faculty and others in the mix. That represents a collection of tickets that won’t be made available elsewhere.

For supporters of the Boston College Eagles athletic program, they can obtain tickets by making a sizable donation to the college. Indeed, that donation must be for at least $5,000 to obtain just two tickets. Make a donation of at least $10,000 and you will receive three tickets. To obtain four tickets, your donation must start at $25,000.

Without a doubt, some fans can afford the stratospheric prices and will make the required donation. Others may gain access to the game because of their lifetime giving to the athletic program or by means of a major bonus gift. Some season ticket holders will have the opportunity to receive two tickets through a lottery.

Supporting College Athletics

Certainly, the ticket prices will have some lamenting the ever increasing cost of college athletics. Fortunately, Boston College students won’t be shut out, the very people who represent the student body.

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