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Year Opened: 1957 | Field Surface: Artificial Turf
Only six miles west of downtown, Alumni Stadium stands within the confines of Boston's city limits, although it has a Chestnut Hill address. Of the many reasons to attend an Eagles game here is the picturesque Boston skyline that serves as a fine backdrop to the action on the field.
The foundation for BC's first stadium, also called Alumni Stadium, was laid down in 1915. Dedicated on Oct. 30, 1915, "as a memorial to the boys that were," it sat in the center of campus and had a 2,200-capacity grandstands.
The site of the original stadium is today the campus green and immaculately manicured, which is an odd departure from the days when the field was given its "dustbowl" nickname for its intensive use as a practice field, football field, baseball field and a running track.
By the 1930s the grandstands of old Alumni Stadium would no longer hold the number of people hoping to catch an Eagles game and BC began playing games at Braves Field (now Nickerson Field on Boston University's campus) and Fenway Park. In January 1957, Fenway Park officials decided they would no longer allow BC to play football games there, so a new stadium was commissioned and in 156 days the Eagles were opening the new Alumni Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of more than 26,000 people.
The opening game of the new Alumni Stadium took place Sept. 26, 1957. The Eagles lost in a rout to Navy, 46-6, and spoiled a game that was arranged by John F. Kennedy, who was in attendance and at that time a U.S. Senator.
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