Woburn-Winchester football match will be played at Fenway Park | Sports


What at first appeared to be a simple survey of the golf course promoting UMass football through its Gridiron Club to the Fenway Sports Group, turned out to be this year’s Woburn-Winchester match that would be played at Fenway Park.

Paul Manganaro of Winchester was playing in the UMass Gridiron Club Golf Classic at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth on July 26 when he heard that there were individual members of the Fenway Group playing in the group behind his. He was hoping to speak to someone from the Fenway Group to help promote the UMass program.

“I happen to speak with Brett Miller who told me he was in charge of concerts, the Fenway Bowl (new this year) and high school games,” Manganaro said. “And when he said ‘high school games’, I said’ oh, I have a rivalry for you that’s one of the best in the state. “Things started to blossom very quickly.

Manganaro is no stranger to helping shake things up when it comes to Winchester High football. First tri-captain and exceptional lineman for the 1981 Middlesex League champions at Winchester High, Manganaro then became assistant coach of the then Sachems (1990-2005).

After a change of head coach at Winchester, Manganaro then organized himself and became president and head coach of Sachem Youth Football (grades 6-8) from 2006 to the present day.

He was also instrumental in securing the lights at Knowlton Stadum as chairman of the Winchester Fields Development Board. The fundraising entity that successfully assisted in the renovation of Knowlton Stadium and Manchester Field Athletic Complex. It was a joint private and public effort. The lights at Knowlton Stadium were donated through 100% private funds raised by the Winchester Field Development Council. Miller is the Senior Director, Special Events Director of Fenway Sports Management, the Sales, Marketing and Special Events wing of Fenway Sports Group.

At the end of August, things were set for this year’s 120th meeting between Woburn and Winchester to be played on Wednesday, November 24 at Fenway Park. Kick-off is in the “premium” time slot of 6.30 p.m.

However, the official announcement was delayed until recently. The Fenway Group had to finalize the specific time slots / days as they were still working to secure the rest of the games and had to (mostly as a formality) get management approval on all games.

Fenway Park is expected to host four games during Thanksgiving week, two on Tuesday (November 23) and two on Wednesday (November 24). The Woburn-Winchester match is the “highlight match” of the two on Wednesday.

Manganaro has also indicated that there will be a pre-game rally for all fans at “Game On” at 82 Lansdowne St. starting at 4 pm.

Tickets for the game will range from $ 20 to $ 40 with luxury suites available. Tickets will go on sale soon and can be purchased on the Fenway website.

While the cost of tickets is a bit higher than the usual $ 8-12 ticket prices if the game was played locally, there are some costs at Fenway Park to cover, such as concessions, lights, and security. . However, 25% of ticket sales will be donated by the Fenway group and distributed between the two schools.

“This is a great and unique opportunity for both communities and a great and memorable experience for the current teams,” said Manganaro.

Fenway Sports Management is not involved in baseball operations but organizes other events at the baseball stadium.

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