Celtic, Rangers could kick off at Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox confirmed on Friday they are pursuing the
Old Firm derby to be played at Fenway Park on July 21.
“In partnership with the city of Boston, we are exploring
the possibility of hosting an international football friendly at Fenway Park on
July 21,” Red Sox VP of Public Affair Susan Goodenow told MLSsoccer.com. “The
two teams we’re in conversations with are Celtic Football Club and Rangers
Goodenow said that Fenway Sports Group and the Boston Red
Sox are the two entities working in conjunction to complete the deal.
Fenway Park has played host to soccer during its storied
history, most notably serving as the home field for the Boston Beacons of the
NASL during the 1968 season. Even Celtic has played there,
when they lost an exhibition to the American Soccer League’s New York Yankees in 1931.
Goodenow did not offer details about how the field would be
configured and whether grass would need to be installed.
The soccer attendance record for New England was set in
Sept. 2007 for an exhibition match at Gillette Stadium between Brazil and Mexico,
which drew over 67,000 fans.
The Revs officially announced on Friday that they are
hosting Portuguese giants Benfica, and there have also been rumors of a
friendly against Cruzeiro. The MLS club will be playing in Superliga this
summer against Mexican and other MLS competition.