It’s been 50 years since the famous 29-29 tie, but this year we have a good chance to get serious revenge!
In November Harvard Stadium will be closed for repairs, so Harvard contracted with the Red Sox to hold The Game in Fenway Park. A football field sits snugly within Fenway Park. Fenway is the smallest ballpark in Major League Baseball so the views of the field are intimate, if somewhat unusual:
The View From Our Seats
We bought a block of 100 tickets in Grandstand 31, with the best views of the field available to Yale fans. Our seats are also under a roof and out of the weather. Equivalent seats cost $125 each, but fast footwork by Lang Wheeler got ours for only $80 each.
Tickets are for sale only to members of the Class of 1969, two to each classmate through September 15th. After that, we will offer classmates with two tickets the opportunity to buy more, if we have not sold out already, and allow any Classmate the ability to buy a total of six tickets. We expect to sell out, so buying early is recommended. See below for ticket purchase.
The Brunch Before The Game
Prior to The Game, the Class and Lang have arranged a “private event” brunch at The Hawthorne, an upscale restaurant bar affiliated with a well-regarded catering/restaurant company called The Eastern. Besides being a six-minute walk from Fenway, it’s a beautiful, perfect location. Great food, an open bar, a comfortable way to relax and visit with friends … what’s more to want?
The brunch at The Hawthorne is being quarterbacked by our brunch impressarios, Lang Wheeler and his wife, Kathy Metcalfe. They have been hosting pre-Game brunches at their West Cambridge home for forty years. They judge that their home is too small to accommodate the expected turnout, and Fenway Park is less convenient from their home than is Harvard Stadium.
Continuing an important brunch tradition, Lang plans to book the current Whiffenpoof or Whim’n’Rhythm delegation to sing for us during brunch. Brunch is $60 per person. See below for ticket purchase.
The Hawthorne is at 500A Commonwealth Avenue, one block from Kenmore Square, which is a Green Line stop on the T. Valet parking is available at the Hawthorne for these Saturday events (although we hear it’s expensive). Consider using the T or Uber/Lyft.
After The Game
After the Game, we are looking for a suitable venue near Fenway where we can celebrate (or commiserate, as the case may be!) with some drinks, some appetizers and a warm place to chat. That’s also a good time to let the crowds dissipate and make using Uber/Lyft or the T easier. When you order tickets to The Game, please indicate your interest in attending a post-Game event; an accurate headcount will help us determine the venue and whether to pre-arrange food or drink.
Tickets On Sale Now
There are two ways to buy tickets — 1) online or 2) by check mailed to either Lang or Wayne. (Lang and Wayne are fronting all the costs for The Game, brunch and other events. They are handling all tickets and cash, and they will settle accounts with the Class in December.)
- Online Purchase.
- Mail A Check
- First, decide the events you want to attend,
- Email that information and mail your check to Lang or Wayne at:
- Lang Wheeler, 48 Lake View, Cambridge, MA 02138, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
- Wayne Willis, 820 Titan Peak Place, Unit 102, Las Vegas, NV 89144 (support@Yale1969.org).
- What time is The Game? When is the brunch?
- Kickoff is noon on November 17th
- Brunch will start at 9:30am, and you can arrive any time you like thereafter.
- Where do I pick up “Will Call” tickets?
- At The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
- What about parking?
- The Hawthorne is arranging valet parking for both the brunch and The Game. Details to follow.
- Other questions?
- Use “contact us” form or email your question to Lang Wheeler (email@example.com) or Wayne Willis (support@Yale1969.org).