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Opportunity Knocks: Red Sox In Talks To Host More Hockey, College Football?

Sounds like the Boston Red Sox are looking to turn Fenway Park into a hockey rink again this winter. And maybe host a college football game, too?

"It's unlikely the NHL would come back to Fenway so soon, but Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy told Menino on Wednesday that the team would like to have college hockey games. The mayor was enthusiastic in his support.

Kennedy said the team was also exploring the possibility of a college football game."

So where can I sign BC up for both of these events?

Now while the rest of Hockey East will probably complain, Boston College vs. Boston University is the ideal matchup for Fenway Park. Frozen Fenway was a great event and a repeat performance would certainly be good for both programs and the sport of college hockey. Maybe Fenway Park could host a Hockey East doubleheader and include other local programs like Northeastern, UMass, UMass Lowell or Merrimack.

Why not think bigger? How about moving the Beanpot Tournament cross-town from the Garden to Fenway Park one year?

The more interesting proposition, of course, is the thought of the Red Sox hosting a college football game at Fenway Park. Staging a college football game at America's Most Beloved Ballpark that doesn't include Boston College would be a really, really bad thing for the program. It certainly wouldn't be good if another local college football team played at Fenway instead of BC. More broadly, it just seems like it would be a huge missed opportunity, especially considering Boston College's ties to the Fenway Sports Group. 

If BC were to move one of its home games to Fenway Park, which game would they choose? This year's home schedule doesn't provide many viable options, but next year's home slate could give BC a few options. The Eagles host Army, Notre Dame, Maine, Maryland, Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech in 2012. A Boston College-Army or Boston College-Notre Dame matchup at Fenway would be perfect. So, too, would be any of BC's four home games against ACC opponents -- particularly our games against Clemson, Miami or Virginia Tech.

What say you? Thoughts on staging BC hockey or football games at Fenway?