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First College Football Game EVER Was Played Here Nov. 6, 1869

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First College Football Game EVER Was Played Here Nov. 6, 1869

The first college football game ever was played in an open field that was here, with Rutgers beating Princeton 6-4. There is an old plaque in the nearby gymnasium marking the occasion. See the wonderful article by Jerry Carino at https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2019/08/27/birthplace-college-football-anonymous-rutgers-parking-lot/2128665001/, which cites research by historian Tom Frusciano, author of the book  2008 book "Rutgers University Football Vault: The History of the Scarlet Knights." The article calls for a real historical marker for the site. See also, http://www.princetonmagazine.com/first-smackdown-1869/.

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Location Name: College Avenue Gym
Unit #: Lot 30, Zone A, Rutgers University Parking Lot
Neighborhood : Behind College Ave. Gym
Nearest Intersection: Senior and Sicard Streets
Location: 130 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901, United States
Listing Category: Athletes, First Ever ..., No Longer There, Pop Culture, Preservation / Protection Needed, Repurposed Properties, Schools, Universities, Sports
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 08-27-2019

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