Important Information Regarding "The Game"

November 12, 2018
Dear Harvard College Students,

We are so excited to be celebrating the 135th annual playing of The Game with you this weekend! This Harvard-Yale rivalry is always one of the highlights of the year, and this year we have the opportunity to experience the game at historic Fenway Park. This e-mail contains important information about The Game, including logistics for the festivities on campus and at Fenway, transportation to and from Fenway, and – most important – safety.

EVENTS ON CAMPUS:

Pizza Party and Movie Screening
Friday 11/16, 8:00pm-10:00pm, Harvard Commons inside Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Enjoy a screening of the 2008 documentary “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29” with free pizza for Harvard and Yale undergrad students. Students from both Universities must have their Student ID with them!

HYsteria
Friday 11/16, 11:00pm-1:30am, Annenberg Hall inside Memorial Hall
This year, the official Friday Night Harvard-Yale party will be bigger and better than ever before! Join Harvard’s DJ MATIC and Yale’s DJ Boola Juice for an epic party that you will not want to miss! The event will feature free food, music, games, student performances and much more! This event is open to Harvard and Yale undergrads with valid Student ID only, and large backpacks/bags are not permitted. Small handbags are permitted but will be searched, and no alcohol will be served at this event.

Game Day Breakfast
Saturday 11/17, 7:00am-10:00am in Dining Halls of all houses and Annenberg
Breakfast will be available to both Harvard and Yale undergrads in Annenberg as well as every dining hall. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of starting off the day with a solid meal, so please do take advantage of this offering. In addition, for those staying on campus for the day, Quincy and Currier Houses will be open for lunch. All houses and Annenberg will reopen for dinner.

Harvard-Yale On-Campus Student Gathering
Saturday 11/17, 9:30am-11:15am, Science Center Plaza
Come join your Harvard AND Yale friends at this central event prior to The Game. The event will feature music from DJ Frank White, who has won multiple Boston Music Awards for Best DJ. The HoCos will be hosting tables and HUDS will provide a menu including bagels with cream cheese, PB&J, quinoa and sweet potato chili, Italian sausages with sub rolls, mac and cheese, fruit, chips, water and hot chocolate. The event will include a 21+ bar area monitored by Student Event Services (SES) staff. To enter the tent you must be 21 years of age or older, and present proper ID (valid passport or state-issued ID accompanied by valid Harvard or Yale Student ID.)

Harvard-Yale Watch Party
Saturday 11/17, 11:30am, Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub
Not heading to Fenway but still want to watch The Game? No problem! We’ve got you covered. Harvard and Yale students are welcome to join us at Queen’s Head Pub from 11:30am until the end of The Game. Space is limited, so arrive early! Food will include sliders; beef burgers; cherry chipotle grilled chicken or portobello mushrooms on brioche buns, and boneless buffalo wings. A 21+ cash bar will be available to those with proper ID. (We will be checking IDs and issuing wrist bands at the door.) Last call will be at the end of the 3rd quarter of The Game.

TRANSPORTATION:

Shuttle Buses
  • The best way for students to get from campus to The Game is by utilizing the shuttle bus system just a few steps away from the Science Center gathering.
  • Buses will depart beginning at 9:00am from Oxford Street, and there will be ample signs to direct you to the bus boarding area. Buses are free, but you must show your game ticket in order to board. No large bags will be allowed on the bus, so please plan accordingly. Alcohol is not permitted on the buses. Yale students are welcome on the buses as well with a ticket.
  • Shuttle buses will drop-off at the corner of Boylston Street and Ipswich Street outside Fenway Park. Buses will run on a continuous loop with the last bus at 6:00pm. Please plan your return trip accordingly if you plan to stay in Boston later.
  • We strongly encourage you to plan your morning accordingly and get on a shuttle bus early. Expect long lines for buses running 11am or after.
MBTA
  • To take the T to Fenway, take the Red Line toward either Braintree or Ashmont and exit at Park Street. From there, take the B, C, or D Green Line train to Kenmore. As you exit the Kenmore station you will immediately turn left, and then make a left on Brookline Avenue. From there, Fenway Park will be on your left in just a few blocks.
  • To take the T back from Fenway, return to the Kenmore station and take any Green Line train Inbound. Exit at Park Street, and go downstairs to take the Alewife Red Line train back to Harvard station.
Harvard-Yale Fenway Student Gathering
Saturday 11/17, 10:00am-11:45am 
The Fenway student gathering will be held just outside of Fenway Park in the Ipswich Lot, located at the corner of Ipswich and Van Ness Streets just a few steps from where the buses will drop you off. (Click here to view the lot, right behind “Guitar Center” and “CVS.”) The space will be open to undergraduates from both Harvard and Yale. There will be music and giveaways, and food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served. It is important to note that Fenway staff will be checking bags both at the entry to the Fenway Student Gathering, and when you enter Fenway Park. In other words, do not bring any containers of alcohol with you to the Fenway area!

INSIDE FENWAY PARK:

From the student gathering, you are just steps away from entering Fenway Park. For those of you who have not been before, we hope you will take a moment to appreciate the history of America’s oldest major league ballpark, which has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912.

There are some important things to be aware of as you enter:
  • First, be advised that large bags are not permitted inside the park, and any bag you have on you will be searched. Once again, please do not attempt to bring any alcohol containers with you – they will be confiscated.
  • For those unfamiliar with the layout of Fenway Park, there will be ample signage and staff available to guide you toward your seats. The Harvard student sections are in the bleachers and right field grandstands.
  • We have been asked by the staff at Fenway Park to convey the fact that trespassing onto the field is prohibited at all times. (This will be enforced strictly, so unless you’re one of the players, stay in the stands!) This is part of Fenway Park’s overall Code of Conduct policy which will be in effect throughout the game. We suggest you take a moment to read it along with this additional Fenway security information.
If you have any questions or concerns about The Game or any of the weekend festivities, please visit our website on The Game here. We also encourage you to visit the Omni App, which will have lots of important information about The Game. This Thursday and Friday, we will be handing out Safety Cards for you and for your Yale friends. This card will have helpful information for your safety, and can be personalized for your House or Yard.

Finally – and most importantly – we want to take a moment to encourage you to have fun and take care of yourselves and each other, which means eating sufficiently and drinking plenty of water throughout the weekend, seeking help for yourself or a friend if needed, and enjoying this historic event with your friends at Harvard and Yale alike. This really is a “once in your College time” event.

We look forward to seeing you at the many events throughout the weekend - Go Crimson!

Kind Regards,

Katie O’Dair
Dean of Students

Lauren Brandt
Associate Dean of Students

Alex Miller
Associate Dean for Student Engagement