Notre Dame officially announced on Friday that the football team will play Boston College at Fenway Park in 2015. Nobody was happier to talk about the news more than Irish football coach Brian Kelly, a Massachusetts native and long-time Red Sox fan.
“Oh my god is that awesome," Kelly said Saturday. " You guys were talking about my contract last year, the reason why that wasn’t signed was the Fenway deal. It was being negotiated and they are hard negotiations in Boston so when we were finally able to get my family free Monster seats I was able to sign the contract.”
The game against Boston College will take place on November 21, 2015. It will be a Shamrock Series game, making the Irish the home team. The Shamrock Series is the yearly Notre Dame "home game" away from home at a neutral site around the U.S.
“The Shamrock series was in effect before I got here," Kelly explains. "What was presented to me was the idea of playing at different venues. Certainly that was one that I had brought to the table. It was finding the partner there and certainly Boston College made sense. There were some scheduling issues with the ACC and when it would hit on our schedule. That was really the issue but I certainly was in favor of making Fenway Park one of those venues.”
In addition to the Fenway Park news, the Irish unveiled the entire schedules from 2014-2016 on Friday. The 2014 schedule features matchups against Michigan, Stanford and North Carolina at home and road games at Florida State, Arizona State and USC.
"There is no question it is a challenging schedule," Kelly says. "I knew coming in that we would have a challenging schedule especially as an Independent. We can’t be left with questions about our schedule as an independent. We are going to have to play a notch above a conference schedule team. It is a challenging schedule but I think it is certainly going to be one where it is going to help us if you look at the strength of schedule index. If they are truly going to pay attention to that it is going to help us in the long run.”