"The Holy War" between Notre Dame and Boston College football will soon be played on holy sporting ground.
More specifically, the immortal dirt of Fenway Park.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, the Irish and Eagles will meet each other at Fenway in 2015:
Notre Dame and Boston College have met 22 times since 1975, including almost every single year between 1992 and 2012. This past season was the third time in 20 years the schools hadn't met, and they aren't scheduled to play each other again until 2015.
According to IrishCentral.com, there were rumblings that the game might be held in Ireland—which would befit a series between two Catholic universities in which the winner is awarded the Ireland Trophy. But the first major college football game in Fenway Park would be just as—if not more—revolutionary and cool.
I mean, it's Fenway! College games have been played at baseball stadiums before, but none in the world holds the historical significance of Fenway—at least now that old Yankee Stadium has been replaced by a newer, more hollow version.
Hopefully the people of Boston will have more success than the folks in Chicago did back in 2010, when Wrigley Field hosted a game between Northwestern and Illinois. Because of a tight fit on one side of the field, both teams had to run their offensive plays in the same direction.
I'm pretty sure Fenway will do better.
Notre Dame was engaged in similar rumors two Septembers ago regarding a game against UConn at Fenway in 2014. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick quickly shot those reports down as "inaccurate," though, according to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports.
This news was a long time coming and should be hailed as a triumph of innovation. Like Albert Breer of NFL.com points out, ploys like this could be used to spice up, say, the NFL preseason as well, provided things go smoothly with the "Holy War" game:
Awesome move by BC and Notre Dame to play at Fenway in 2015. Stuff like that could be an interesting concept for NFL preseason.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 20, 2013
Even though it is played in Boston against a team from Boston, the Fenway showdown will count as a home game for the Irish in 2015, per ESPN's Joe Schad.
That might seem kind of odd, but it's a small price to pay for a place in history.