For the first time in nearly 50 years, Boston’s legendary Fenway Park was converted into a football field in late November as Boston College and Notre Dame faced off Nov. 21 as part of the Shamrock Series, an annual game that Notre Dame hosts in venues across the country. (The Fighting Irish defeated the Eagles, 19-16.) It was the first football game held at venerable Fenway since the Boston Patriots hosted their final home game in the AFL against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 1, 1968.
Working with Fenway head groundskeeper Dave Mellor, Sports Turf Specialties (http://SportsTurfSpecialties.com), of Wrentham, Massachusetts, did the field transformation. Tuckahoe Turf Farms (http://TTFarms.com), of Hammonton, New Jersey, provided the sod to cover the infield and areas around the dugouts and warning track.
Transforming a professional baseball field into a football field is not entirely new. Yankee Stadium hosts the New Era Pinstripe Bowl every year, and AT&T Park in San Francisco hosted bowl games from 2002 to 2013.
In addition to the Shamrock Series, Fenway also hosted high school football games during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and is set to host an NCAA hockey game this month.