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BC To Host Fewest Home Games For Big 3 Sports In Last 20 Years

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The Boston College football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey teams will host their fewest amount of combined home games in the last 20 years during the 2013-14 season. Football hosts six games at Alumni Stadium, while men’s basketball will host 13 games at Conte Forum. Men’s hockey is scheduled to host 13 games as well.

The combined total of 32 home games is the smallest amount dating back to the 1993-94 season. During this 20-year period, the previous low was 34 home games during the 1996-97 and 1994-95 seasons.

On average, the three teams have combined to host more than 37 home games a year since 1993. Since 2000, the teams have averaged more than 38 home games a year.

So, how did the three most high-profile BC teams end up hosting only 84 percent of the average amount of combined home games? Here is a brief breakdown by sport:

Football: 6 Home Games

BC football hasn’t had seven home games since the 2010 season, but the Eagles scheduled seven home games every year between 2006-10. Seven games is always the goal, and athletic director Brad Bates addressed the issue at the State of the Heights this spring. Although it initially looked like BC’s late-scheduled game with New Mexico State would round out the home schedule, the Eagles will actually travel to Las Cruces, N.M. Bates explained how that happened:

“Let me tell you about how that came about. Literally two weeks before I came here and got the job, the ACC went from nine conference games to eight conference games. So that was one of three options and the best option of all of them was New Mexico State. We got a home-and-home out of it, but your point is well taken. We would never ever do that under other circumstances. And let me add also, we are going to get back to seven home games.”

Men’s Basketball: 13 Home Games

BC hosted only 12 home games in the 1994-95 season, but this is the smallest amount since then. Men’s hoops was locked into nine home and nine away games with the ACC schedule. The Eagles also drew a road game in the Big-10/ACC Challenge with a trip to Purdue. BC will play neutral site games at the Barclays Center against VCU and at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Classic. Both events are beneficial for putting a spotlight on the program and potentially boosting the team’s NCAA Tournament resume. A third neutral site game will be played against UMass at the TD Garden in an area-wide season kickoff also featuring Holy Cross, Harvard, BU, and Northeastern.

BC hosted Providence last season, so the Eagles are heading on the road for that game in 2013. Head coach Steve Donahue also said it was only fair to have Harvard host the annual game between the two teams this year. That leaves home-and-homes set up with Auburn and USC, both of which will be away in 2013 before coming to Conte in 2014. The Eagles will host four non-conference home games including matchups with Sacred Heart, Philadelphia University, and Toledo, two of which come in the regional round of the 2K Classic.

Some of these games ended up being luck of the draw, but it could also be a deliberate move from Donahue. He’s giving his team a chance to make noise early in the season in the neutral site games, and is also challenging his players to get more experience on the road before ACC play starts. With the exception of Harvard, BC shouldn’t travel to an opposing gym to face competition better than what they’ll see in ACC play. As a bubble team, the strategy could work. The Eagles have struggled on the road the past two seasons, and they will have to steal some ACC away games to make it into the postseason. This will also set up a likely home-heavy schedule in 2014-15 when they might just want as many wins as possible rather than road experience.

Men’s Hockey: 13 Home Games

With the new Hockey East expansion, BC now plays each conference opponent only two times during the season, as opposed to three in years past. After including the Beanpot, a Frozen Fenway game with Notre Dame (technically a home conference game for BC), the post-Christmas tournament at the Three Rivers Classic, and a weekend trip to Minnesota in the schedule, the availability for extra home games gets slim. This number might bump up in 2014-15 when Minnesota makes the return trip to Conte. The Eagles had 16 home games at Conte Forum this past season, three of which were non-conference match-ups. They’ll host four non-conference games this year, but the Hockey East expansion means less in-conference home games.

Here is the breakdown of the amount of home games by sport for each year:

  • 2013
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 13
    • Hockey
      • 13
    • Total
      • 32
  • 2012
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 18
    • Hockey
      • 16
    • Total
      • 40
  • 2011
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 17
    • Hockey
      • 14
    • Total
      • 37
  • 2010
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 16
    • Hockey
      • 13
    • Total
      • 36
  • 2009
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 17
    • Hockey
      • 14
    • Total
      • 38
  • 2008
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 20
    • Hockey
      • 17
    • Total
      • 44
  • 2007
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 20
    • Hockey
      • 17
    • Total
      • 44
  • 2006
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 18
    • Hockey
      • 17
    • Total
      • 42
  • 2005
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 16
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 37
  • 2004
    • Football
      • 5
    • Basketball
      • 17
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 37
  • 2003
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 16
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 37
  • 2002
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 15
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 37
  • 2001
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 16
    • Hockey
      • 14
    • Total
      • 36
  • 2000
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 17
    • Hockey
      • 13
    • Total
      • 36
  • 1999
    • Football
      • 5
    • Basketball
      • 15
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 35
  • 1998
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 14
    • Hockey
      • 16
    • Total
      • 36
  • 1997
    • Football
      • 7
    • Basketball
      • 15
    • Hockey
      • 16
    • Total
      • 38
  • 1996
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 14
    • Hockey
      • 14
    • Total
      • 34
  • 1995
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 15
    • Hockey
      • 14
    • Total
      • 35
  • 1994
    • Football
      • 5
    • Basketball
      • 12
    • Hockey
      • 17
    • Total
      • 34
  • 1993
    • Football
      • 6
    • Basketball
      • 15
    • Hockey
      • 15
    • Total
      • 36
Note: Only regular season, non-exhibition home games were used in these counts.

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