Department of Athletics
Behind the scenes, Harvard’s athletics department is working to push its ticketing operations into the digital age and has quietly instigated a steady rise in attendance over the past five years, bucking trends that have set in at other schools.
Following Ivy League coaches’ unanimous vote in February to prohibit all regular-season full tackle practices, concussion experts praised the proposal.
Thursday is a big day for Harvard’s Athletic Department. ESPN will likely be on campus, as will NFL.com. A horde of scouts will start their day across the river at the athletic facilities at 9 a.m.—all for the football team’s “Pro Day.”
Amid increasing concern over player safety and concussion prevention, Ivy League football coaches voted last week to eliminate all full-contact practices during the season.
The event, which included a luncheon and raffle, preceded the Crimson’s afternoon game against Penn and drew alumni as far removed from their college days as Paul I. Lee ’46, who will be heading to New Haven for his 73rd Harvard-Yale game this fall.
With the annual Harvard-Yale football game starting two hours later than in previous years, House Committees are preparing for a later-than-usual tailgate but expect restrictions and activities to remain the same.