When Notre Dame announced plans to take its "Shamrock Series" to Fenway Park in 2015 to take on the Boston College Eagles, Superfan excitement quickly gave way to a very real concern: just how many tickets would Boston College receive for its "road" game down the B-line versus the Irish?
We sort of knew that tickets would be hard to come by. But according to a Globe article on Friday, tickets are gonna really be hard to come by.
"I think most people realize it's Notre Dame's home game and realize that tickets are going to be very difficult to access, particularly if you're rooting for the visiting team,'' said Brad Bates, BC's director of athletics. "But the extent of that awareness isn't that great yet."
The ACC's ticket policy for Notre Dame games applies just the same at Fenway Park as it would in South Bend, with the visiting team receiving a total allotment of 5,000 tickets. But the recent rumor, also alluded to in the Globe article, is that BC will receive even "fewer than 5,000 seats" given Fenway's small capacity.
Yes, as Brad Bates mentions, it's debatable whether BC playing Notre Dame in Boston is preferable to playing the Irish in South Bend. BC-ND at Fenway is also preferable than other alternatives. Say, a Notre Dame-UConn football game at America's Most Beloved Ballpark. However, the prospects of playing in front of a 90% pro-Irish crowd won't do much to combat the perception that Boston College athletics is an afterthought in its own, pro sports-dominated city. Nor will the game help in the fence-building effort.
Then again, not everyone is enamored with the idea of paying exorbitant prices on the secondary market to watch the first football game to be played in the history ballpark in 47 years.
"As much as I'm a supporter of BC, I don't even think I want to go to the game because it's at Fenway Park and it totally removes the whole collegiate atmosphere. I mean, if you're going to bring your kids and they want to tailgate and throw a football, where are you going to do that? Kenmore Square?''
"That part of it annoys me more, and the fact that it's in our backyard and there's only going to be 5,000 tickets and those will be allocated based on donors, as we always have. So, some of the older alums who may want to go to the game may be in jeopardy because they don't give enough money to the school.''
That is Pike's Peak Club president Barry Hynes, a Boston College football season ticket holder of 25 years. Hynes won't be the only BC fan to shy away from this game in the face of a scarce ticket supply and a fan base suffering from "Fenway fatigue."
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will Boston College fans find ways to procure tickets beyond the school's allotment, serving to even out the Fenway Park crowd? Or will BC get soundly booed in their own backyard by a Fenway Park crowd filled to 90% with obnoxious Notre Dame subway alumni?