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December 1, 1968 — Cincinnati Bengals came to play against the then Boston Patriots. In front of a crowd of 17,796 Patriots fans, they came out victorious in a 33-14 win. A bright spot in their 4-10 season. QB Tom Sherman threw for just 142 yards, but had 3 TD passes. Jim Nance ran for 81 yards on 22 carries, had a rushing touchdown. And the Great Gino Cappelletti caught 2 passes for 26 yards, one of those scoring a touchdown…. and kicked a 27 yard field goal, nailing all 4 PAT’s.
This was the final game the Boston Patriots played at Fenway park, practically 50 years ago. The following season they moved to Alumni Stadium on the campus of Boston College. Two years the NFL was officially born and the New England Patriots and Foxborough were synonymous with football in our region.
A new trend has been coming to ballparks in recent years. Outside of concerts, MLB stadiums in recent years have been expanding the use of the stadiums to showcase other sports like hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and football. I was elated when word came in 2015 that there would be a college football game played at Fenway Park. Notre Dame edged out Boston College in a 19-16 win. The beautiful imagery of it all, had to take it all in and will the game to go not by as fast as it did.
Can this happen, even for just 1 game?
It would seem to benefit the Red Sox ownership more. Kraft would lose a home game in a sense, and Patriots Place would be left standing idly by as it’s desired patrons are all an hour up North. No brainer that it would be a sold out event. Hottest ticket in Town. But there would be 31,475 fewer seats when watching inside Boston’s hallowed Cathedral.
Now it doesn’t have to be a highlight game of the week matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers or rematch with the Seahawks. Maybe Kraft would consider conversing if say the ever rebuilding Browns were on the Patriots schedule for the following season.
With the downsides that come to mind, instantly shrug them off. It is a thing of Bucket List items to ponder the possibility of it happening. The Red Sox WILL one day move on and play ball in a new stadium. Before that happens, I’d like to check off watching the Pats finish off a game winning drive in front of the Green Monster.