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


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/.


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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