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Notre Dame confirmed Friday morning that the school will play Boston College in '15 at Fenway Park as part of its Shamrock Series games (Notre Dame). In Boston, Nick Cafardo reports the agreement for the schools to play at Fenway comes "after a few years of talks." Fenway has never hosted a "major college football game with local and national appeal" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/20). It will be the first college game "played at the baseball stadium since 1956, and the first football game of any kind since 1968," when the Patriots had home games there (NBCSPORTS.com, 12/20).

OIL BOOM: GCO Canada on Wednesday announced that it has been awarded the rights to operate retail concessions at the Oilers and WHL Edmonton Oil Kings' Rexall Place, effective immediately. LIDS will be operating the Rexall Place retail concessions that include five locations within the arena. GCO Canada also will manage the official Oilers Store in Kingsway Mall (Lids).

POLITICKING IN DC: DC Mayor Vincent Gray said of possibly working with Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis to build the team's desired practice facility in the city, "We want to work with him to see if there’s something we can possibly have done. There are other cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, L.A., who all have done practice facilities. I’ve looked at some of the data around what they have done. They range anywhere from like $15 (million) to $25 million in cost. The question is, what is the relationship of the city to the teams that are involved?" He added, "The thing that would be important to me ... is to have it be a facility that isn’t just for the team, but really would have some important community purposes associated with it, too" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/17).
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