Boston, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - For the first time in the program's history, the University of Maine football team played at Fenway Park on Saturday. One of America's most historic sports venues transformed from a baseball diamond into a gridiron as a part of the Fenway Gridiron Series.
Maine kicked off against UMass at 4:00 Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd that came from all over to see the two New England teams face off. Including on family from Dayton, Maine who came to support their grandson and brother Dakota Tarbox, a red shirt senior for the Black Bears.
"We got the tickets as soon as they were available," said Tarbox's grandfather Jim O'Brian. "Whenever I walk into Fenway it is kind of like the first time I walked on the National Mall. It's actually the same type of feeling. That place is that iconic."
The Black Bear and team eir fans recognized what a great opportunity the game and venue gives them to grow their program.
"It brings Maine together with all of New England. You know UMaine is a big part of Maine. And then being able to contribute it all the way to Boston is really huge for us," said UMaine fan Meri Wicks.
"It's such a historic ballpark and being able to play football in there and you know, the University of Maine, our alumni, our fans, it is just a great opportunity," said Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak.
Maine fell to UMass 31-44 in Saturday's game at Fenway. Their last game of the year will be next Saturday in Orono against Stony Brook.