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NYC’s College Football Team Preps to Kickoff 150th Season with Fan Appreciation Day at SHI Stadium

NYC’s College Football Team Preps to Kickoff 150th Season with Fan Appreciation Day at SHI Stadium

New York City’s College Football team, The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University, are ready to continue the tradition that began on The Banks 150 years ago as they host U Mass Friday August 30, 2019 with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 pm. Click here for full season schedule and ticket information.

Rutgers QB Art Sitkowski shakes hands with a young fan at Rutgers Football Fan Appreciation Day. Photo by Brian Hester

Realizing that some readers may question how anyone could label Rutgers Scarlet Knights as NYC’s College Football team when they play in Piscataway for the State University of NJ allow me to explain. First, they are the closest NCAA Division 1 football team to NYC at approximately 40 miles away. West Point sits further away and the other two Division 1 teams located in NY State don’t even come close to being located near NYC, Syracuse at 250 miles and University of Buffalo at almost 400 miles away are very distance 2nd and 3rd respectively. Second, if the NFL allows The New York Giants and The New York Jets to claim New York as their home turf when they both actually play all home games well outside of NYC, in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, then it would naturally follow that Rutgers lay claim to being NYC’s College Football Team. Finally, look no further than the fact the iconic glass steps located in the Heart of Times Square were designed in Rutgers schools color. The Scarlet Knights are a member of B1G – Big Ten College Football Conference. Click here for B1G info.

Sitting just a short train ride from NYC, Rutgers is The Birthplace of College Football. Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers is The Birthplace of College Football. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Rutgers Football. The sport was born in New Jersey when Rutgers and its neighbor, Princeton, played the first game of intercollegiate football on November 6, 1869 on a plot of ground where the present-day Rutgers gymnasium now stands in New Brunswick. Rutgers won that first game, 6-4. All of College Football will be celebrating this 150 anniversary throughout the upcoming season.

One young fan, Ryan, warms up with players and gets some hydration assistance from Rutgers WR Hunter Hayek prior to the open practice. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutger RB Raheem Blackshear poses for a photo with some fans at Rutgers Football Fan Appreciation Day, an open practice / scrimmage followed by autographs and photos for fans on the field Photo by Brian Hester

All home games are played at SHI Stadium on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University located in Piscataway, NJ Only a short drive from Midtown Manhattan. Click here for driving directions from NYC.

Click here for public transit options to SHI Stadium from Midtown Manhattan, Season tickets start at just $240. For more info please contact Kyle Murrin 732-907-1582

In addition several special ticket packages have also been made available in limited quantities and for a limited time to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of College Football including;

The Rutgers Football Family Four Pack (4 tickets + 4 Food Vouchers + 1 Parking Pass = $100) Note this package is only available for Rutgers vs. Boston College on Sept. 21 or Rutgers vs. Maryland on Oct. 5 Limited quantities available. For more info please contact Kyle Murrin 732-907-1582

The 150 Pass – Attend all 7 home games for just $150 Note 150 Pass buyers will be sent their ticket and location via mobile device 24-48 before each game. Seating for this package is in the 200-level. For more info please contact James Kaplan 732-903-2980


Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at

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