Next fall, the most-played rivalry in college football is hitting the road—for just the second time in history.
Tickets are selling fast for the historic 150th playing of “The Rivalry,” as Lehigh will battle ancient rivals Lafayette at Yankee Stadium in New York on Nov. 22, 2014. Lehigh sold out its initial allotment of tickets within just weeks of their release, and the New York Yankees organization provided additional tickets to both schools in November, which also sold quickly.
The week leading up to the game will feature a host of events, as Lehigh celebrates its participation in one of the greatest traditions in college athletics. Events already scheduled include a performance by the University Choir at Carnegie Hall and a joint Lehigh-Lafayette Wall Street bell-ringing at the New York Stock Exchange. More events will be added in the months leading up to the game.
The game is expected to be a complete sellout by kickoff next November. As of press time, more than 40,000 tickets had already been sold or held for students of both institutions, and demand remained strong.
“There are always expectations with that game, really right from the beginning of the season,” said Lehigh coach Andy Coen. “It’s really an event, not necessarily just a game. It’ll be certainly very special playing the game in Yankee Stadium and everything that will go on around that game. It will be exciting for the students, the fans and the players on both teams. It’s going to be an exciting year, without a doubt.”
The Lehigh-Lafayette game is being played at a neutral site for just the second time, and the first in more than 120 years. In 1891, on the only other occasion that the game was not played in either Easton or Bethlehem, Lehigh emerged victorious as the teams clashed (for the third time that season) in Wilkes-Barre.
For the 150th, Lafayette will be the designated home team. Tickets purchased through Lehigh will be on the third base/left field side of the stadium. Fans should visit www.lehighsports.com/rivalry150
for additional information about tickets, transportation, tailgating and more.
Story by Karl Brisseaux '11
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014