In a classic case of 'follow the money'' administration, the University of Connecticut is giving up its home field advantage next season against Boston College to play a game against Boston College at Fenway Park.
According to several sources, the Huskies are moving the Nov. 18 game from the Huskies' Rentschler Field site to host BC in another ""football at Fenway''' show, which was first revived last season when Notre Dame played a "home game'' against Boston College at Fenway.
Why the Huskies' would give up what would be a decidedly home edge at Rentschler for a game five miles from the BC campus is just as perplexing as why BC would play Notre Dame in Boston.
The ironic part of this tale is that Notre Dame had a loose agreement to play UCONN at Fenway last season, but was nudged out because BC was afraid of being upstaged in its own city (home area) if it played a home game at Alumni Stadium at the same time that UConn and Notre Dame were meeting five miles down the road. So the Eagles made a power play and bumped UConn from the game.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
That problem could have been avoided, of course, if BC had simply asked the ACC to either give the Eagles a bye that week or schedule them in a road game. BC decided that playing a "road'' game that close to campus at a Stadium where their fans only had access to 5,000 tickets was better than letting Notre Dame and another team have a spotlight game in Boston.
UConn's decision to move its home game to Boston makes little sense from a competitive sense, but according to sources familiar with the situation, the guaranteed money to UConn the Fenway Group, which is staging the game, is paying UConn significantly more money to play the game in Boston.
And the bottom line for a school that is feeling a financial crunch such as UConn is money, which is why this deal has been made, with UConn controlling at least 70 percent of the tickets.
Barring any last minute complications, an official announcement on the game is expected to be made in the next few days.[/membership]